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Tea and EmpireJames Taylor in Victorian Ceylon$
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Angela McCarthy and T. M. Devine

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781526119056

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526119056.001.0001

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Cross-cultural contact

Cross-cultural contact

(p.125) 6 Cross-cultural contact
Tea and Empire

Angela McCarthy

T.M. Devine

Manchester University Press

From his first arrival in Ceylon, James Taylor showed awareness of the ethnic diversity of the population, especially Tamil and Sinhalese estate labour. This chapter examines his impressions of the workforce and those of other peoples whom he encountered during his four decades in Ceylon. Particular attention is given to his perceptions at the time of the Indian ‘Mutiny’ and his graphic testimony of that event. His opinions are not treated in a vacuum but within the broader context of nineteenth-century racial thought. The chapter concludes with a tantalising account of his intimate interracial encounters.

Keywords:   Tamil, Coolies, Sinhalese, Caste, Scottish, Lord Monboddo, ‘Race’ and racial theory, Slavery, Indian Mutiny, Interracial intimacy

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