Author: Ian CoplandPublisher: Cambridge University pressYear: 1999Language: EnglishPages: 302ISBN/UPC (if available): 81-7596-064-7
Ian Copland’s comprehensive and meticulously researched 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 so serious historical study, the author demonstrates that, far from being puppets under the control of the British, they were infact significant actors 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 under the successor congress government in New Delhi. The book will add a new dimension to the political history of late colonial, India, and will also impact upon the wider history of the twentieth-century British empire.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSLIST OF ABBREVIATIONSTHE MAJOR PLAYERSINTRODUCTIONThe making of Indian IndiaThe shackles of paramountcyA vision splendidThe princes and the DiehardsOn the edge of the abyssIndian summerFin de siecleConclusionBIBLIOGRAPHYINDEX