The Indian Princes and Their States

By: Barbara N. Ramusack

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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. Contents List of illustrations General editor’s preface Acknowledgements List of abbreviations Map 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? Epilogue Bibliographical essay Glossary Index. Printed Pages: 324.

Title: The Indian Princes and Their States

Author Name: Barbara N. Ramusack

Categories: India, History, Culture, and Politics,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Cambridge University Press:

ISBN: 0521670470

ISBN 13: 9780521670470

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 027045

Keywords: Indian Princes and Their States India