Indian history

  • Ayahs, Amahs and Empire: The History of Domestic Care Work under Colonialism

    by Julia Laite

    The history of domestic and child care work has become increasingly robust, but museums and public exhibitions have struggled to find ways to represent the work and experiences of women, many from south Asia, who traveled with white colonial families to perform this labor, putting marginalized people in charge of the empire's children. 

  • India in a Different Voice

    by Maya Jasanoff

    Learning Hindi during a sabattical presented a researcher with the chance to engage with Indian history outside of the frame of English, and to grasp the power struggles pushing the country toward authoritarian nationalism today. 

  • VP Menon, the Civil Servant who Held India Together

    More than 500 princely states contained 40 percent of the population of British India. Independence depended on convincing their rulers to integrate to the new nation. VP Menon did more than almost anyone else to make that happen.