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Empires of the Senses: Bodily Encounters in Imperial India and the Philippines

Andrew J. Rotter


This book offers a sensory history of the British in India from the formal imposition of their rule to its end and the Americans in the Philippines from annexation to independence. A social and cultural history of empire, it focuses on quotidian life. It analyzes how the senses created mutual impressions of the agents of imperialism and their subjects and highlights connections between apparently disparate items, including the lived experience of empire, the otherwise unremarkable comments (and complaints) found in memoirs and reports, the appearance of lepers, the sound of bells, the odor of ... More

Keywords: India, Philippines, imperial India, power, lepers, imperialism, annexation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190924706
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190924706.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew J. Rotter, author
Charles A. Dana Professor of History and Peace and Conflict Studies, Colgate University

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