Originally published between 1824 and 1853, these four pieces by
James Silk Buckingham (1786-1855) illuminate the concerns of a
broad-minded traveller and the problems of governing an empire. A
newspaperman, social reformer and fierce critic of the East India
Company, Buckingham published the Calcutta Journal until his
expulsion from India in 1823 for attacking vested interests. The
first and second pieces reissued here are his open letters, written
anonymously in 1824, to the MP Sir Charles Forbes regarding press
freedom and the expulsion, without trial, of himself and another
editor. These are followed by an 1830 account of the reception of
his public lecture tour on the East India Company's monopoly, and
an 1853 outline for the future government of India. Together, these
polemical texts provide great insight into contemporary colonial
debates surrounding British rule in India.
Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
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James Silk Buckingham
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