The Anglo-Maratha Campaigns and the Contest for India: The Struggle for Control of the South Asian Military Economy

The Anglo-Maratha Campaigns and the Contest for India: The Struggle for Control of the South Asian Military Economy

by Randolf G. S. Cooper
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521036461

ISBN-13: 9780521036467

Pub. Date: 05/31/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Anglo-Maratha Campaigns of 1803 represented the last serious indigenous obstacle to the formation of the British Raj. This study examines Maratha military culture through a battle-by-battle analysis of the campaigns. Randolf Cooper challenges the ethnocentric assumptions that associate Western political ascendancy with "The Military Revolution" and argues that

Overview

The Anglo-Maratha Campaigns of 1803 represented the last serious indigenous obstacle to the formation of the British Raj. This study examines Maratha military culture through a battle-by-battle analysis of the campaigns. Randolf Cooper challenges the ethnocentric assumptions that associate Western political ascendancy with "The Military Revolution" and argues that the real contest for India was the struggle to control the South Asian military economy, rather than a single decisive military battle. Victory depended more on economics and intelligence than on superiority in discipline, drill and technology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521036467
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

List of maps; Acknowledgements; A note on transliteration and references; List of abbreviations used in the references; Introduction; 1. Maratha military culture; 2. British perceptions and the road to war in 1803; 3. The Deccan campaign of 1803; 4. The Hindustan campaign of 1803; 5. 'Coming in'; 6. The anatomy of victory; Appendix I: chronology of Anglo-South Asian wars; Appendix II: British troop strengths and casualties for the Hindustan and Deccan campaigns 1803; Appendix III: Governor-General Wellesley's 'Maratha' proclamation of 1803; Appendix IV: mercenary pension records; Appendix V: the Marathas' employment of mercenaries in historic perspective; Glossary; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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