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Vestry politics and the emergence of a reform ‘public’ in Calcutta, 1813–36


Joseph Hardwick’s new Historical Research article deals with a moment in the 1820s when British expatriates and middle-class Indians in Calcutta came together to form a multi-ethnic reform public. It argues that the origins of the reform movement should be traced to the unlikely surroundings of the vestry of one of Calcutta’s Anglican churches, and offers a new perspective on India’s ‘age of reform’. On Early View now.