Women of the Raj

The Mothers, Wives and Daughters of the British Empire in India


A new edition of this vivid cultural and social history of the daughters, sisters, mothers and wives of the men at the centre of a daring imperialist experiment, revealing India in all its richness and vitality.


ISBN: 9780500293744 Category:

Margaret MacMillan


The apparent glamour of the Indian Raj continues to fascinate long after the British quit the subcontinent. But along with the beauty of the Indian landscape and the privilege of servants and holidays in hill stations, British women in that vanished world faced challenges and fears that came from being an alien ruling minority. These women were at the heart of the imperial enterprise. It was their role to support the men’s work, raise the children and attempt to replicate British society thousands of miles from home. They struggled in the face of heat, illness, loneliness and boredom as well as different customs, languages and religions. The distinguished historian and bestselling author Margaret MacMillan, drawing on letters and memoirs, novels and interviews, brings vividly to life their experiences – humdrum, extraordinary, light-hearted, tragic – at the height of the Raj, from the 1850s to Indian independence in 1947.

Additional information

Weight 340 g
Dimensions 12.5 x 19.7 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 January 2018
Number of pages 320
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 12.5 x 19.7 cm
Weight 340 g


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