Special Forum: Proceedings from Northeastern University’s 2012 Graduate Student World History Conference on Empires and Technologies in World History
The “Durbar Settlement” and the Union of South Africa: Railways and the Logic of Imperial Administration, 1905-1914
Short Title: The “Durbar Settlement” and the Union of South Africa
Abstract: This paper examines the development of railway policy in two British imperial theaters – India and South Africa – and its use in consolidating imperial power as administration shifted from Calcutta to Delhi and the South African colonies merged into a single Union. It argues that colonial administrations conceived of railways as a tool that could stabilize and consolidate colonial political institutions as well as placate colonial subjects.
Keywords: colonialism, imperialism, empire, railroads, Britain, India, South Africa, Herbert Baker, Edwin Lutyens
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