The Princes of India in the Endgame of Empire, 1917-1947

The Princes of India in the Endgame of Empire, 1917-1947

by Ian Copland
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521571790

ISBN-13: 9780521571791

Pub. Date: 01/30/1997

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Ian Copland's comprehensive and meticulously researched study of the role played by the Indian princes, the maharajas and nawabs of South Asia, in the devolution of British colonial power is long overdue. By rehabilitating the princes as subjects of serious historical study, the author demonstrates that, far from being puppets under the control of the British, they…  See more details below

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Ian Copland's comprehensive and meticulously researched study of the role played by the Indian princes, the maharajas and nawabs of South Asia, in the devolution of British colonial power is long overdue. By rehabilitating the princes as subjects of serious historical study, the author demonstrates that, far from being puppets under the control of the British, they were in fact significant actors on the Indian political stage in the inter-war period. He goes on to explain how and why an order so deep-rooted, and outwardly so strong, collapsed so quickly under the successor Congress government in New Delhi. The book will add a new dimension to the political history of late colonial India, and will also impact upon the wider history of the twentieth-century British empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521571791
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/30/1997
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society Series, #2
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
The major players
Introduction1
1The making of Indian India15
2The shackles of paramountcy44
3A vision splendid73
4The princes and the Diehards113
5On the edge of the abyss144
6Indian summer183
7Fin de siecle229
Conclusion269
Bibliography288
Index298

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