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This talk will explore Major Charles John Morris and the embodied construction of ‘martial’ and ‘mountain’ races in British India, 1919-1937.

Imperial construction of Sherpas as a ‘mountain race’ uniquely adapted to high-altitude labour drew on pre-existing racialised discourses that profiled Nepalese recruits to Gurkha regiments as uniquely suited to mountain warfare. Major John Morris’s contribution to martial and mountain race theory is explored in the context of colonial violence and sexuality.

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