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


Part of Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society

  • Date Published: January 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521571791

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  • Ian Copland's comprehensive and fascinating 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 players 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 after independence under the successor Congress government in New Delhi. The study adds a new dimension to the political history of late colonial India, and has implications for the wider history of the twentieth-century British Empire.

    • First book to deal comprehensively with the princely states and their relations with the crown down to 1947
    • Well-written and accessible treatment of neglected subject, which contains much original research
    • Author is a mature scholar, who is highly regarded in the field: this book is the fruit of a lifetime's labour
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The Princes' role has been unjustly neglected in recent appraisals of modern Indian history. This valuable study puts them into proper context and charts their by no means inevitable decline.' Asian Affairs

    ' … in terms of scholastic achievement it is a work of worth … This book will throw scholarly light on the late colonial period, which is critical to the understanding of India's history.' The Telegraph

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1997
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521571791
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The making of Indian India
    2. The shackles of paramountcy
    3. A vision splendid
    4. The princes and the diehards
    5. On the edge of the abyss
    6. Indian summer
    7. Fin de siècle

  • Author

    Ian Copland, Monash University, Victoria

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