Imprint of the Raj

Imprint of the Raj : How Fingerprinting Was Born in Colonial India

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Opening in 1902 with the first case in a British criminal court to use the radical new technique, this is an original exploration of fingerprinting's birth in colonial India and its subsequent repercussions: fascinating, beautifully illustrated, and based on hitherto unpublished research. 'Sengoopta has done a great service... Deliciously understated, yet precise and powerful, the book moves effortlessly from the detail of fingerprinting to the wider implications' Guardian 'Not just an investigation of a relatively arcane area of criminology but an altogether grander piece of revisionist history' Literary Review 'Well-researched and stylish...a heady mix of nostalgia, history, science and, above all, a compelling read' India Today
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  • Pan Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1447234707
  • 9781447234708

About Chandak Sengoopta

Chandak Sengoopta is Senior Lecturer in the History of Medicine at Birkbeck College, University of London. Originally from Calcutta, where he trained to be a doctor, he subsequently studied the history of science, medicine and technology at Johns Hopkins University in the USA. His first academic book, Otto Weininger: Sex, Science, and Self in Imperial Vienna was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2000. Imprint of the Raj is his first book for the general reader.
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