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Background Reading

This is a far from exhaustive list, but should help to get you started when working on group projects and essays, or seeking further context for seminars.

On nineteenth-century technology

On the nineteenth-century British Empire

Regional overviews

South Asia and the Indian Ocean

The Caribbean

Australia and the Pacific



Unknown photographer. CPR Agency Ticket Office of H.T. Hayden. 1910. Wallace B Chung and Madeline H Chung Collection, University of British Columbia Library, Vancouver.
Frith, Francis. The Telegraph Office, Bombay. 1850s to 1870s. Albumen print. Victoria & Albert Collections, London.