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Elites in South Asia

Percival Spear, Eric Stokes, S. N. Mukherjee, Christine Dobbin, Gordon Johnson, Hugh Gray, Dagmar Bernstorff, D. G. Dalton, Edward Shils, Ashin Das Gupta, Amiya Kumar Bagchi
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  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521107655


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  • A study of elitism particularly concerned with Indian elites in the context of British influence and its aftermath. The problems delineated are by no means peculiar to the Indian subcontinent. Nearly all the developing countries of contemporary Asia, Africa and Latin America are entangled with their post-colonial heritage and the history of political elitism in all these countries has been similar. The papers consider who were members of the elites, in the sense of 'men at the top'. They enquire how they got there, how they continued to recruit themselves and what was their relationship with the British. The contributors, sociologists, economists, anthropologists, political scientists and historians, present each other with forms of evidence which are unfamiliar and, in sum, result in a study which destroys many of the conventional clichés of colonial historians.

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    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521107655
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The Mughal Mansabdari System Percival Spear
    2. Traditional Elites in the Great Rebellion of 1857: Some Aspects of Rural Revolt in the Upper and Central Doab Eric Stokes
    3. Class, Caste and Politics in Calcutta, 1815–38 S. N. Mukherjee
    4. Competing Elites in Bombay City Politics in the Mid-Nineteenth Century (1852–83) Christine Dobbin
    5. Chitpavan Brahmins and Politics in Western India in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries Gordon Johnson
    6. The Landed Gentry of the Telengana, Andhra Pradesh Hugh Gray
    7. Candidates for the 1967 General Elections in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Dagmar Bernstorff
    8. M. N. Roy and Radical Humanism: The Ideology of an Indian Intellectual Elite D. G. Dalton
    9. The Academic Profession in India Edward Shils
    10. The Merchant's of Surat, c. 1700–50 Ashin Das Gupta
    11. European and Indian Entrepreneurship in India, 1900–30 Amiya Kumar Bagchi.

  • Authors

    Edmund Leach

    S. N. Mukherjee


    Percival Spear, Eric Stokes, S. N. Mukherjee, Christine Dobbin, Gordon Johnson, Hugh Gray, Dagmar Bernstorff, D. G. Dalton, Edward Shils, Ashin Das Gupta, Amiya Kumar Bagchi

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