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Empire's Garden: Assam and the Making of India
In the mid-nineteenth century the British created a landscape of tea plantations in the northeastern Indian region of Assam. The tea industry filled imperial coffers and gave the colonial state a chance to transform a jungle-laden frontier into a cultivated system of plantations. Claiming that local peasants were indolent, the British soon began importing indentured labor ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Duke University Press Books
(first published July 1st 2011)
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Aug 22, 2013 Reema rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
this should be required reading for understanding racial and class formations in present-day assam. excellent elaboration of tea plantation labor system, on colonial nature of (and imaginaries associated with) the gardens, and on the fluid and contentious nature of tribal/non-tribal/religious identity struggles in assam.