Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series

Vice in the Barracks

Medicine, the Military and the Making of Colonial India, 1780-1868

Authors: Wald, E.

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Shortlisted for the 2014 Royal Historical Society’s Gladstone Prize and the 2014 Templer Award for the Best First Book by a New Author.
Sex and alcohol preoccupied European officers across India throughout the nineteenth century, with high rates of venereal disease and alcohol-related problems holding serious implications for the economic and military performance of the East India Company. These concerns revolved around the European soldiery in India – the costly, but often unruly, 'thin white line' of colonial rule. This book examines the colonial state's approach to these vice-driven health risks. In doing so it throws new light on the emergence of social and imperial mindsets and on the empire, fuelled by fear of the lower orders, sexual deviation, disease and mutiny. An exploration of these mindsets reveals a lesser-explored fact of rule – the fractured nature of the Company state. Further, it shows how the measures employed by the state to deal with these vice-driven health problems had wide-ranging consequences not simply for the army itself but for India and the empire more broadly. By refocusing our attention on to the military core of the colonial state, Wald demonstrates the ways in which army decision-making stretched beyond the cantonment boundary to help define the state's engagement with and understanding of Indian society.

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Erica Wald is Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research interests include modern South Asia, with a particular focus on social, medical and military history.

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Shortlisted for the Royal Historical Society's Gladstone Prize 2014.

Shortlisted for the 2014 Templer Award for the best first book by a new author.


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Wald, Erica

    Pages 1-15

  • The East India Company, the Army and Indian Society

    Wald, Erica

    Pages 16-47

  • Regulating the Body: Experiments in Venereal Disease Control, 1797–1831

    Wald, Erica

    Pages 48-83

  • Medicine and Disease in the ‘Age of Reform’

    Wald, Erica

    Pages 84-117

  • The Body of the Soldier and Space of the Cantonment

    Wald, Erica

    Pages 118-156

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Vice in the Barracks
Book Subtitle
Medicine, the Military and the Making of Colonial India, 1780-1868
Authors
Series Title
Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-27099-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137270993
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-27098-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-44451-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 273
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