Em­press. Queen Vic­to­ria and In­dia

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Miles Tay­lor Yale Uni­ver­sity Press Pub­lished: Oc­to­ber 2018 Price: £16.99

Em­press, Queen Vic­to­ria and In­dia is an en­tirely orig­i­nal ac­count of Vic­to­ria’s re­la­tion­ship with the Raj, which shows how In­dia was cen­tral to the Vic­to­rian monar­chy from as early as 1837.

In this en­gag­ing and con­tro­ver­sial book, Miles Tay­lor, pro­fes­sor of mod­ern his­tory at the Uni­ver­sity of York, shows how both Vic­to­ria and Al­bert were spell­bound by In­dia, and ar­gues that the Queen was hu­manely, in­tel­li­gently, and pas­sion­ately in­volved with the coun­try through­out her reign and not just in the last decades.

Tay­lor also re­veals the way in which Vic­to­ria’s in­flu­ence as em­press con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to In­dia’s mod­ern­iza­tion, both po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic. This is, in a num­ber of re­spects, a fresh ac­count of im­pe­rial rule in In­dia, sug­gest­ing that it was one of Vic­to­ria’s suc­cesses.

Beau­ti­fully writ­ten, this is an en­gross­ing and au­thor­i­ta­tive ac­count of the vi­tal place of In­dia within the monar­chy of Queen Vic­to­ria.

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