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Crime and EmpireThe Colony in Nineteenth-Century Fictions of Crime$
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Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261055

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261055.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Crime and Empire


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This chapter begins with a brief discussion of the purpose of the book, which is to show how the language of policing, of law, of crime and punishment was central to the formation of authority and ‘rights’ of the British empire in its relationship with its most prized possession, India. It shows how the stories of order and disorder could interrogate empire even as they played a central role in its entrenchment.

Keywords:   British empire, India, policing, crime, punishment, authority

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