This week, we are joined by special guest David S. Baker as we don our pith helmets and visit the phenomenon that is and was British Colonialism in India. We tried to keep this episode under an hour but failed. From ancient technologies to race relations to the origins of Steampunk, there’s just too much to talk about.
Because it turned out to be very difficult to find much about Pedro Alonso O’Crouley y O’Donnelly anywhere online, we uploaded some scans from a facsimile of his book on Gordon’s blog.
Notes: During the interview we talked about the discovery of Ainu-like ancient remains in a cave in Nevada. The actual location is the Spirit Cave, not Lovelock Cave, although both are near Fallon, NV. Also, David informs me that he accidentally moved a decimal point when talking about the numbers of Indians who served in the British army. It should be 2.5 million, not “20 million”.
Show notes and links:
- A short history of the world by H.G. Wells (archive.org)
- With The Night Mail by Rudyard Kipling (forgottenfutures.com)
- A Passage to India (1934, novel)
- A Passage to India (1984) (imdb.com)
- The Man Who Would Be King (1975) (imdb.com) dir. John Huston
- The Man Who Would be King | Rudyard Kipling (audible.com)
- Strange Suns : Dotting the Eye. (short story by D.S. Baker)
- Vedic literature (wikipedia.org)
- Spirit Cave mummy (wikipedia.org)
- Bones, Boats, and Bison – E. James Dixon Possible Ainu origins of Spirit Cave mummy.
- Charles James Napier (wikipedia.org)
- John Masters (wikipedia.org)
- Pedro Alonso O’Crouley y O’Donnell: “anchor baby” and explorer (mexfiles.net)
- James Skinner (East India Company officer) (wikipedia.org)
- Shimla – the Summer British Capitol of India (wikipedia.org)
- Courtly love (wikipedia.org)
- Peshawar Lancers, S. M. Stirling (amazon.com)
- The Difference Engine , William Gibson
- King Leopold of Belgium, The Butcher of Congo (hartford-hwp.com)
- Modern Medievalist (modernmedievalist.blogspot.com)
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art image archive (metmuseum.org)
- Audible.com, the best place on the Internet for audiobooks. Listeners of The History Files can get a free audiobook download and 30 day free trial! Over 180,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player.