Show Notes: The Great Hedge of India

Tracy Wilson

At a salt-making area in India. Photo by Education Images/UIG via Getty Images

Today's episode is a listener request from months and months ago. Shortly after our April 2013 episode on Australia's rabbit-proof fence, listener Christopher asked us to talk about the Great Hedge - a similarly giant effort by the British to exert control over a place it had colonized. The Great Hedge was a byproduct of Britain's efforts to tax salt in India - a practice that became tied to the heart of India's movement for independence from British rule.

Our listener mail is from our Facebook inbox, and it's from Anna about our Poverty Point episode.

For more knowledge: Why did Gandhi march 240 miles for salt?

Episode link: The Great Hedge

My research:

  • Moxham, Roy. "The Great Hedge of India: The Search for the Living Barrier that Divided a People." Carroll & Graff Publishers. 2001.
  • Strachey, John and Lieutenant General Richard Strachey. "The finances and public works of India from 1869 to 1881 (1882)." Via Internet Archive.

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