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She-Merchants, Buccaneers and Gentlewomen: British women in India 1600 – 1900

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 31st 2019 by Virago
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Nijah Khan
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Reading this book as a native of the subcontinent was equal parts fascinating and infuriating- whilst I felt sympathy for the British women who immigrated to India the book documents, I also felt appalled at the level of racism and superiority that was so casually assumed by these women. Though in places the writer Katie Hickman tries to counter such tendencies that emerge from the historical texts she relied on to write this account, at other times I felt she gave undue credit and importance to ...more
Val Bond
Very interesting book. The enjoyment was lessened for me as I read it on my Kindle, as it has a lot of footnotes and references it makes it a little difficult. However, if you are interested in history and India, and are able to read it in book form, I would recommend.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a good, comprehensive history of British women in India. I saw some negative reviews that it didnt include Indian voices as much, and it doesnt, but that isnt what it set out to do. I think it is definitely skewed to favor the British a bit, which can be somewhat unsavory at times, but it was never too blatant. It was well-researched, but there were a fair amount of typos which doesnt really instill confidence. Overall, it was educational and I think it offers a good perspective on ...more
Lenore .
(for henrietta clive)

one must admire the precision of their craft.
how deliberately theyve caught
the chitin-winged state of being
and stoppered it in a brain-chamber
until it could be papered with such care
that even in a hundred years upon display the i-
spot still appears to twitch.

*note: the purpose of the eye-spot is to make the self seem greater to the spectator.

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At the beginning I was incredibly bored, to the point I almost just stopped reading. It did become more interesting and absorbing as I went on. Even then, it was hit-or-miss, and not all of the women's lives resonated with me. I also didn't feel like there was a satisfactory conclusion.
PJ Ebbrell
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this book for both the beginnings and the end. The middle bit meandered but was interesting. I need to read more about the early period of EIC.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very good research and a very readable text. It is a page-turner.
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Covers three centuries of the lives of British women in India and how they got there. Accessible and well-researched. Disappointingly, fewer buccaneers than I would have liked.
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Katie Hickman was born into a diplomatic family in 1960 and has spent more than twenty-five years living abroad in Europe, the Far East and Latin America. She is featured in the Oxford University Press guide to women travellers, Wayward Women.

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