Date of Award

Spring 1997

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department

First Advisor

Timothy Burke


This work looks at the development of imperial identities in nineteenth-century India, specifically in relation to British-educated Indian men. Swingen uses this new class of British-Indians to investigate the role of education in the empire, and to examine how identity forged under imperial rule revealed contradictions to the imperial model itself. She also argues that this intersection of education and empire would later go on to incite resistance to British rule through the demand for Western democracy and liberation. Through the use of primary sources from the recollections of British-educated Indian men and secondary sources that examine the British imperial structure, Swingen complicates the relationship between education and empire.


Recipient of the Paul H. Beik Prize in History, awarded in 1997.