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Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society: The Princes of India in the Endgame of Empire, 1917-1947 Series Number 2 (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society: The Princes of India in the Endgame of Empire, 1917-1947 Series Number 2 (Hardback)

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Hardback 318 Pages / Published: 30/01/1997
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Ian Copland's comprehensive and fascinating 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 of serious historical study, the author demonstrates that, far from being puppets under the control of the British, they were in fact significant players 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 after independence under the successor Congress government in New Delhi. The study adds a new dimension to the political history of late colonial India, and has implications for the wider history of the twentieth-century British Empire.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521571791
Number of pages: 318
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'The Princes' role has been unjustly neglected in recent appraisals of modern Indian history. This valuable study puts them into proper context and charts their by no means inevitable decline.' Asian Affairs
' ... in terms of scholastic achievement it is a work of worth ... This book will throw scholarly light on the late colonial period, which is critical to the understanding of India's history.' The Telegraph
"...a fascinating and fluently written study which successfully challenges future accounts of Indian independence to look far more carefully at the curious triangular relationship between the British, the princes, and the provinces of British India." The International History Review
"The demise of Indian royalty and their territories is the subject of this careful stufy by Iam Copland. Copland's research has been meticulous in the relevant official archival resources in India and Britain and the private manuscripts and published papers of the major participants." Richard J. Grace, The Historian

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