The Indian Princes and their States

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 19, 2003 - History - 309 pages
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Although the princes of India have been caricatured as oriental despots and British stooges, Barbara Ramusack's study argues that the British did not create the princes. On the contrary, many were consummate politicians who exercised considerable degrees of autonomy until the disintegration of the princely states after independence. Ramusack's synthesis has a broad temporal span, tracing the evolution of the Indian kings from their pre-colonial origins to their roles as clients in the British colonial system. The book breaks ground in its integration of political and economic developments in the major princely states with the shifting relationships between the princes and the British. It represents a major contribution, both to British imperial history in its analysis of the theory and practice of indirect rule, and to modern South Asian history, as a portrait of the princes as politicians and patrons of the arts.
  

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This is really worth to know about pre- Colonial India

Contents

CHAPTER 2 PRINCELY STATES PRIOR TO 1800
12
CHAPTER 3 THE BRITISH CONSTRUCTION OF INDIRECT RULE
48
CHAPTER 4 THE THEORY AND EXPERIENCE OF INDIRECT RULE IN COLONIAL INDIA
88
CHAPTER 5 PRINCES AS MEN WOMEN RULERS PATRONS AND ORIENTAL STEREOTYPES
132
ADMINISTRATIVE AND ECONOMIC STRUCTURES
170
SOCIETY AND POLITICS
206
CHAPTER 8 FEDERATION OR INTEGRATION?
245
EPILOGUE
275
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY
281
GLOSSARY
294
INDEX
299
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About the author (2003)

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).