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The Indian Princes and their States

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Part of The New Cambridge History of India

  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521039895

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  • Barbara Ramusack describes the pre-colonial origins of the Indian princes, frequently portrayed as synonymous with oriental luxury, and how they adapted their public activities and personal lifestyles to survive as political leaders and cultural icons. Their collaboration enabled the British to govern India with relatively limited manpower from the late 1790s to 1947. The book is intended for students of colonial history and visitors to the princely states.

    • Broad synthetic history of the princes of India during the British colonial period
    • This interpretation portrays princes as cultural nationalists
    • Accessible and fascinating reading for students of colonial India, and for travellers to the erstwhile princely states, such as Rajasthan
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    "Now that much necessary ground has been covered with the appearance of this book, one hopes that it will be possible for more emphasis on processes of political and ideological change in indigenous adaptations to conditions of European imperial rule ." Institute of Historical Research

    "Anyone seeking to understand India's princely states must begin by reading this thoughtful volume." Working, Thomas R. Metcalf, University of California, Berkeley

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521039895
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.487kg
    • contains: 21 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    General editor's preface
    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction: Indian princes and British imperialism
    2. Princely states prior to 1800
    3. The British construction of indirect rule
    4. The theory and experience of indirect rule in colonial India
    5. Princes as men, women, rulers, patrons and Oriental stereotypes
    6. Princely states: administrative and economic structures
    7. Princely states: society and politics
    8. Federation or integration?
    Bibliographical essay

  • Author

    Barbara N. Ramusack, University of Cincinnati
    Barbara Ramusack is Charles Phelps Taft Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati. Her publications include Women in Asia: Restoring Women to History (1999), and The Princes of India in the Twilight of Empire: The Dissolution of a Patron-Client System, 1914-1939 (1978).

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