Imperial Connections: India in the Indian Ocean Arena, 1860-1920 / Edition 1

Imperial Connections: India in the Indian Ocean Arena, 1860-1920 / Edition 1

by Thomas R. Metcalf
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520258053

ISBN-13: 9780520258051

Pub. Date: 10/20/2008

Publisher: University of California Press

An innovative remapping of empire, Imperial Connections offers a broad-ranging view of the workings of the British Empire in the period when the India of the Raj stood at the center of a newly globalized system of trade, investment, and migration. Thomas R. Metcalf argues that
India itself became a nexus of imperial power that made possible British

Overview

An innovative remapping of empire, Imperial Connections offers a broad-ranging view of the workings of the British Empire in the period when the India of the Raj stood at the center of a newly globalized system of trade, investment, and migration. Thomas R. Metcalf argues that
India itself became a nexus of imperial power that made possible British conquest, control, and governance across a wide arc of territory stretching from Africa to eastern Asia. His book, offering a new perspective on how imperialism operates, emphasizes transcolonial interactions and webs of influence that advanced the interests of colonial
India and Britain alike. Metcalf examines such topics as law codes and administrative forms as they were shaped by
Indian precedents; the Indian Army's role in securing Malaya, Africa, and Mesopotamia for the empire; the employment of
Indians, especially Sikhs, in colonial policing; and the transformation of East Africa into what was almost a province of
India through the construction of the Uganda railway. He concludes with a look at the decline of this
Indian Ocean system after 1920 and considers how far
India's participation in it opened opportunities for
Indians to be a colonizing as well as a colonized people.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520258051
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/20/2008
Series:
California World History Library Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface


Introduction: Empire Recentered
1. Governing Colonial Peoples
2. Constructing Identities
3. Projecting Power: The Indian Army Overseas
4. Recruiting Sikhs for Colonial Police and Military
5. “Hard Hands and Sound Healthy Bodies”: Recruiting “Coolies”
for Natal
6.
India in East Africa
Conclusion

List of Abbreviations
Notes
Selected Bibliography

Index

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