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Imperial Citizenship or Else: Liberal Ideals and the India Unmaking of Empire, 1890–1919

Frost, MR; (2018) Imperial Citizenship or Else: Liberal Ideals and the India Unmaking of Empire, 1890–1919. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History , 46 (5) pp. 845-873. 10.1080/03086534.2018.1519243. Green open access

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Abstract

This article examines three connected campaigns for Indian imperial citizenship which spanned the period 1890 to 1919, and their impact on the emergence of radical South Asian anticolonialism. It shifts our focus from individuals and ideologues who sought the status of British imperial citizens, to address the agitations which commenced to attain such a status within a reconstructed British Empire. Specific attention is paid to the conditions which encouraged South Asian patriots to imagine that the ideal of equal imperial citizenship within an imperial federation was a feasible political objective, to the illiberal official retreat from such an ideal, and to the political ramifications of this retreat. In conclusion, this article argues that the quest for Indian imperial citizenship, which spanned the Empire from South Africa to Canada, has been a much-neglected chapter in the evolution of anti-colonial nationalism in South Asia which deserves to be reinserted in the grand meta-narrative of the region’s twentieth century history.

Type: Article
Title: Imperial Citizenship or Else: Liberal Ideals and the India Unmaking of Empire, 1890–1919
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/03086534.2018.1519243
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/03086534.2018.1519243
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 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/10105719
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