The Indian Princes and their States

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Overview

Barbara Ramusack describes the pre-colonial origins of the Indian princes, frequently portrayed as synonymous with oriental luxury, and how they adapted their public activities and personal lifestyles to survive as political leaders and cultural icons. Their collaboration enabled the British to govern India with relatively limited manpower from the late 1790s to 1947. The book is intended for students of colonial history and visitors to the princely states.

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"Now that much necessary ground has been covered with the appearance of this book, one hopes that it will be possible for more emphasis on processes of political and ideological change in indigenous adaptations to conditions of European imperial rule ." Institute of Historical Research

"Anyone seeking to understand India's princely states must begin by reading this thoughtful volume." Working, Thomas R. Metcalf, University of California, Berkeley

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521267274
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • 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).

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; General editor's preface; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Map; 1. Introduction: Indian princes and British imperialism; 2. Princely states prior to 1800; 3. The British construction of indirect rule; 4. The theory and experience of indirect rule in colonial India; 5. Princes as men, women, rulers, patrons and Oriental stereotypes; 6. Princely states: administrative and economic structures; 7. Princely states: society and politics; 8. Federation or integration?; Epilogue; Bibliographical essay; Glossary; Index.

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