By Elizabeth Kolsky
Colonial Justice in British India describes and examines the lesser-known background of white violence in colonial India. by way of foregrounding crimes devoted through a as a rule forgotten solid of eu characters - planters, paupers, squaddies and sailors - Elizabeth Kolsky argues that violence used to be now not an outstanding yet a regular a part of British rule within the subcontinent. regardless of the pledge of equality, colonial laws and the practices of white judges, juries and police put so much Europeans above the legislations, actually letting them escape with homicide. The failure to regulate those unruly whites printed how the burden of race and the imperatives of command imbalanced the scales of colonial justice. In a robust account of this era, Kolsky unearths a brand new point of view at the British Empire in India, highlighting the disquieting violence that continually followed imperial different types of strength.
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