"The Global Indies" by Ashley L. Cohen

The Global Indies British Imperial Culture and the Reshaping of the World, 1756-1815 Ashley L. Cohen

The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History
Publication date:
23 Feb 2021
Yale University Press
320 pages: 235 x 156mm
17 b-w illus.
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A study of British imperialism’s imaginative geography, exploring the pairing of India and the Atlantic, from literature to colonial policy

In this lively book, Ashley Cohen reveals how eighteenth-century Britons saw the empire—not as separate Atlantic and Indian spheres but as an interconnected “Indies.” Crisscrossing the hemispheres, Cohen traces global histories of race, slavery, and class. She also locates empire’s presence at home, in metropolitan scenes of fashionable sociability. Combining literary studies and new imperial history, Cohen demonstrates how the imaginative geography of the Indies shaped the culture of British imperialism, which then changed the shape of the world.

Ashley Cohen is assistant professor of English at the University of Southern California. She works at the intersection of eighteenth-century, postcolonial, and South Asia studies. She edited a critical edition of Lady Nugent’s East India Journal in 2014.