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- DescriptionAlthough the princes of India have been caricatured as oriental despots and British stooges, Barbara Ramusack's study argues that the British did t create the princes. On the contrary, many were consummate politicians who exercised considerable degrees of automy 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 ecomic 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.
- Author BiographyBarbara 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).
- Author(s)Barbara N. Ramusack
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication16/08/2007
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleThe New Cambridge History of India
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note21 b/w illus. 3 maps
- Weight480 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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