Andrea Major

Associate Professor
Andrea Major is an associate professor in British colonial history at the University of Leeds. Her research explores the colonial encounter between Britain and India, with a focus on social, cultural and gender issues, colonial philanthropy and the so-called "civilizing mission," particularly in the century of East India Company rule. Major holds a PhD in History from the University of Edinburgh.

Taboo: The East India Company and the True Horrors of Empire

Slavery and colonial exploitation are fundamentally entwined with Britain's modern prosperity. “When you left London the East India Company was a trading company,” Tom Hardy’s troubled anti-hero James Delaney is warned in the second episode of the BBC’s prime-time drama Taboo. “Now it is God Almighty.” Discussing the show before it aired, writer Stephen Knight referred to the East... Continue Reading

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