The Indian Princes and their States

The Indian Princes and their States

by Barbara N. Ramusack
     
 

Although the princes of India have been caricatured as Oriental despots and British stooges, Barbara Ramusack's study argues that the British did not create the princes. On the contrary, many were consummate politicians who exercised considerable degrees of autonomy until the integration of the princely states after independence. Ramusack's synthesis has a broad… See more details below

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Although the princes of India have been caricatured as Oriental despots and British stooges, Barbara Ramusack's study argues that the British did not create the princes. On the contrary, many were consummate politicians who exercised considerable degrees of autonomy until the integration of the princely states after independence. Ramusack's synthesis has a broad temporal span, tracing the evolution of the Indian kings from their precolonial origins to their roles as clients in the British colonial system. The book breaks new ground in its integration of political and economic developments in the major princely states with the shifting relationships between the princes and the British. It represents a significant contribution, both to British imperial history in its analysis of the theory and practice of indirect rule, and to modern South Asian history, as a portrait of the princes as politicians and patrons of the arts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521267274
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2008
Series:
New Cambridge History of India Series
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Ramusack is Charles Phelps Taft Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati. Her publications include Women in Asia: Restoring Women to History (1999), and The Princes of India in the Twilight of Empire: The Dissolution of a Patron-Client System, 1914-1939 (1978).

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
General editor's preface
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
Map
1Introduction: Indian princes and British imperialism1
2Princely states prior to 180012
3The British construction of indirect rule48
4The theory and experience of indirect rule in colonial India88
5Princes as men, women, rulers, patrons, and Oriental stereotypes132
6Princely states: administrative and economic structures170
7Princely states: society and politics206
8Federation or integration?245
Epilogue275
Bibliographical essay281
Glossary294
Index299

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