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'Convicts in British India'


Fri, March 23, 2012 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

In the eighteenth century, the system of justice known as transportation
included India as well as the better known destination of Australia.
Banishment enabled the British to jettison their ordinary and political
criminals.  The flotsam and jetsam were salvaged and recycled into valuable
laboring hands in their distant penal destinations.  In India, these forced
migrants invariably served terms of servitude that transformed them into a much
needed labor force.

Anand A. Yang is Professor of History and International Studies, University of
Washington, Seattle.  His books include Crime and Criminality in British India
(1986); The Limited Raj (1989); and Bazaar India (1998).  His forthcoming book
is entitled Empire of Convicts.  Anand Yang was born and grew up in India.

Sponsored by: Faculty Seminar on British Studies

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