Växjö researchers publish book on Joseph Stephens and Huseby

Linnaeus University in Växjö jas published a book entitled ”Från Brittiska Indien till Huseby bruk: järnvägen som arena för modernitet och kolonialism under lycksökaren och järnvägsentreprenören Joseph Stephens tid i Indien 1860–69”. It is the result of a joint research project by Henrik Chetan Aspengren, Alexander Bubb, Gunnel Cederlöf, Ingemar Gunnarsson, Radhika Krishnan, Dhiraj Kumar Nite, and Margareta Petersson at the university’s Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies. 
The Småland estate Huseby use was purchased in 1867 by young Joseph Stephens who made a fortune to build railways in British India. When Stephen discontinued his Indian business, he carefully compiled his letters, labor contracts and payrolls and sent them home to Huseby, where they were long forgotten in a coffin of the wind. In 2008, the coffin was discovered and the unique documentary collection came to attract historians from several countries. In this book, they present their results. The image of a historical person and his family appears in the midst of the colonial expansion, globalization and modernization that swept across the world during the 19th century. Starting from Joseph Stephens and his world of stubborn workers, frightened rivals and arrogant officials, far from the colonial power, the writers can give new perspectives on the British Empire and its effects in India and internationally.
Joseph Stephens, born in Sweden in 1841 by British parents, spent 10 years in India working on the construction of the main Bombay-Calcutta railway line. After that he returned to Sweden and bought the estate Huseby outside Växjö. More information about the book.