© 2000

Madness, Cannabis and Colonialism

The ‘Native Only’ Lunatic Asylums of British India 1857–1900


About this book


This fascinating, entertaining and often gruelling book by James Mills, examines the lunatic asylums set up by the British in nineteenth-century India. The author asserts that there was a growth in asylums following the Indian Mutiny, fuelled by the fear of itinerant and dangerous individuals, which existed primarily in the British imagination. Once established though, these asylums, which were staffed by Indians and populated by Indians, quickly became arenas in which the designs of the British were contested and confronted. Mills argues that power is everywhere and is behind every action; colonial power is therefore just another way to assert control over the less powerful. This social history draws on official archives and documents based in Scotland, England and India. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in history, sociology, or the general interest reader.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity College NorthamptonUK

About the authors

James Mills is Lecturer in Modern History at University College Northhampton.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Madness, Cannabis and Colonialism
  • Book Subtitle The ‘Native Only’ Lunatic Asylums of British India 1857–1900
  • Authors J. Mills
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2000
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-79334-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-41971-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-28604-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 227
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Asian History
    Imperialism and Colonialism
    Modern History
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'...the book benefits from its sophisticated examination of knowledge, power and agency.' - Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History