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Material Turns in British History: II. Corruption: Imperial Power, Princely Politics and Gifts Gone Rogue

Finn, MC; (2019) Material Turns in British History: II. Corruption: Imperial Power, Princely Politics and Gifts Gone Rogue. Transactions of the Royal Historical Society (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This address examines the ‘Old Corruption’ of Georgian Britain from the perspective of diplomacy and material culture in Delhi in the era of the East India Company. Its focus is the scandal that surrounded the sacking of Sir Edward Colebrooke, the Delhi Resident, and his wife during the reign of the penultimate Mughal emperor, Akbar II. Exploring the gendered, highly sexualised material politics of Company diplomacy in North India reveals narratives of agency, negotiation and commensurability that interpretations focused on liberal, Anglicist ideologies obscure. Dynastic politics were integral to both British and Indian elites in the nineteenth century. The Colebrooke scandal illuminates both the tenacity and the dynamic evolution of the family as a base of power in the context of nineteenth-century British imperialism.

Type: Article
Title: Material Turns in British History: II. Corruption: Imperial Power, Princely Politics and Gifts Gone Rogue
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/transactio...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10077425
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