The Incumberances: British Women in India 1615-1856

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The British memsahib has been stereotyped as a single, colourless group-bored, gossipy, and whiny, plagued with prickly heat, and sweating about in clothes completely incongruous wiht India's climate-blamed by some to be responsible for half the bitter feelings between races. This perception is as old as the East India Company, whose court of Directors saw only two roles that British women might play in India-either they would be incumberances, getting in the way of the men engaged in generating profits for the Company, or they could be spiritual and emotional supports for their men.

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Joan Mickelson Gaughan, an independent scholar based in Manchester, USA. She was earlier a Professor of History at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan (1968-2002).

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"Mickelson-Gaughan...gives voice to a plethora of British women in India, who mostly remain unknown. Women were seen as 'incumberances' to the work of their husbands employed by the East India Company, and initially banned from India....She highlights how some were full partners in their husbands' work; some prospered as women inheriting property; some engaged in business; and some became intellectually involved in recording Indian traditions and everyday life... [The 'Incumberances' is] highly recommended."--CHOICE


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