Vice in the Barracks

Author(s): 
Wald, Erica
ISBN: 
9781137270986
Date published: 
March 2014
Hardback
Price: 
£60.00

Sex and alcohol preoccupied European officers across India throughout the nineteenth century, with high rates of venereal disease and alcoholism holding serious implications for the economic and military performance of the East India Company. This book examines the colonial state's approach to these vice-driven health risks. In doing so it throws new light on the emergence of social and imperial mindsets and of the empire, fuelled by fear of the lower orders, sexual deviation, disease and mutiny.