‘British India on trial’: Brighton military Hhospitals and the politics of empire in World War I

Hyson, Samuel and Lester, Alan (2012) ‘British India on trial’: Brighton military Hhospitals and the politics of empire in World War I. Journal of Historical Geography, 38 (1). pp. 18-34. ISSN 0305-7488

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Abstract

During the early years of the First World War, wounded Indian soldiers were treated at hospitals in southern England. Focussing especially on the hospital created within the Royal Pavilion complex in Brighton, this article examines the implications of an episode in which thousands of colonised subjects were located and managed within a metropolitan province. We show how the Indian hospitals became sites of concentrated imperial anxiety, with the potential to destabilise British rule in India itself as well as the English localities in which they were created. In particular, we argue that the agency expressed in Indian soldiers’ letters home generated an acute consciousness among British officials of the need to bear in mind subaltern subjects’ own networks when managing those hegemonic imperial networks that come more readily to historians’ attention.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G0001 Geography (General)
Depositing User: Alan Lester
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:22
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2012 14:25
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/11981
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