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Memoirs of a Bengal Civilian

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No one could have invented John Beames, whose vibrant and original memoirs were discovered by chance in an attic almost a century after they were written. He arrived in India in 1858, the year after the Mutiny, and worked there as a civil servant for the next thirty-five years, defending powerless peasants against rapacious planters, improvising fifteen-gun salutes for ...more
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Published April 1st 2004 by Eland
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Fabulous! A fascinating "account of how an ordinary, average Englishman lived in the reign of Queen Victoria" - day to day life and work in different posts in the civil service of the British Raj in India. After Haileybury and his induction in Calcutta Beames was posted to the wild NWFP, Bihar, Orissa and Chittagong.
What was it like to be a District Magistrate in post-1857 India? How was India then?
This amazing, lively memoir gives an individual, outspoken and defiant perspective. Living histor
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