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The Princes of India in the Endgame of Empire 1917-1947
The Princes of India in the Endgame of Empire 1917-1947

The Princes of India in the Endgame of Empire 1917-1947

by Ian Copland

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Language

English

Publisher

Cambridge University press

ISBN

81-7596-064-7 - Year: 1999 - Pages: 302

Binding

Paperback

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Author: Ian Copland
Publisher: Cambridge University press
Year: 1999
Language: English
Pages: 302
ISBN/UPC (if available): 81-7596-064-7

Description

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.

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS

THE MAJOR PLAYERS

INTRODUCTION

The making of Indian India

The shackles of paramountcy

A vision splendid

The princes and the Diehards

On the edge of the abyss

Indian summer

Fin de siecle

Conclusion

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

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