Empire and Information: Intelligence Gathering and Social Communication in India, 1780-1870

Empire and Information: Intelligence Gathering and Social Communication in India, 1780-1870

by C. A. Bayly
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521570859

ISBN-13: 9780521570855

Pub. Date: 04/28/1997

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Christopher Bayly, already established as one of the most eminent historians of his day, writes a penetrating account of the evolution of British intelligence in India. He describes how Indian spies were recruited to secure political and social information about their subjects, and how the colonial authorities interpreted, and, in some cases, misinterpreted the…  See more details below

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Christopher Bayly, already established as one of the most eminent historians of his day, writes a penetrating account of the evolution of British intelligence in India. He describes how Indian spies were recruited to secure political and social information about their subjects, and how the colonial authorities interpreted, and, in some cases, misinterpreted the information supplied. This book will become a classic in the field of Indian and imperian history, and will be read by both scholar and student alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521570855
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society Series, #1
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

List of maps; Preface; Glossary; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Prologue: surveillance and communication in early modern India; 2. Political intelligence and indigenous informants during the conquest of India, c. 1785–1815; 3. Misinformation and failure on the fringes of empire; 4. Between human intelligence and colonial knowledge; 5. The Indian ecumene: an indigenous public sphere; 6. Useful knowledge and godly society, c. 1830–50; 7. Colonial controversies: astronomers and physicians; 8. Colonial controversies: language and land; 9. The information order, the Rebellion of 1857–9 and pacification; 10. Epilogue: information, surveillance and the public arena after the Rebellion; Conclusion: 'knowing the country'; Bibliography; Index.

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