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Cemeteries, Public Memory and Raj Nostalgia in Postcolonial Britain and India

Buettner, E. (2006) Cemeteries, Public Memory and Raj Nostalgia in Postcolonial Britain and India. History and Memory, 18 (1). pp. 5-42. ISSN 0935-560X

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Abstract

This article examines how, and why, decaying colonial-era European graveyards in India became targeted for conservation starting in the 1970s by the British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia (BACSA). Cemeteries serve as a barometer signaling how both ex-colonizers and the ex-colonized have assessed colonial spaces, artifacts, and empire more generally after decolonization. Alongside working to preserve graveyards and record tombstone inscriptions in the Indian subcontinent, BACSA members—many of whom count as "old India hands"—also helped make Raj nostalgia a recurring feature of British public culture in the late twentieth century.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > History (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2009 14:35
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2009 14:35
Published Version: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/history_and_memory/v0...
Status: Published
Publisher: Project MUSE
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6191

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