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The Anglo-Maratha Campaigns and the Contest for India

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

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  • Date Published: June 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521036467

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  • 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.

    • An interesting account of the last major indigenous challenge to the establishment of the British Raj
    • Challenges existing assumptions about British superiority in discipline, drill and technology
    • A major contribution to British military history beyond Europe in the Napoleonic period, and to the political economy of warfare in South Asia
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    "Drawing on a wide reading of British and Indian material, and displaying a commendable ability to understand the different military cultures of the combatants, this important book will not only be the leading work on its subject, but also one of more general interest." Journal of Military History

    "No less than a revolutionary book." Itinerario

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    • Date Published: June 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521036467
    • length: 456 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.682kg
    • contains: 11 maps
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Author

    Randolf G. S. Cooper, University of Cambridge
    Randolf G. S. Cooper is a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.

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