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Author Copland, Ian, 1943-

Title The princes of India in the endgame of empire, 1917-1947 / Ian Copland
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'PONDS  954.03 Cop/Poi  AVAILABLE
Description xiii, 302 pages ; 24 cm
Series Cambridge studies in Indian history and society ; 2
Cambridge studies in Indian history and society ; 2
Contents 1. The making of Indian India -- 2. The shackles of paramountcy -- 3. A vision splendid -- 4. The princes and the Diehards -- 5. On the edge of the abyss -- 6. Indian summer -- 7. Fin de siecle
Summary 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 of serious historical study, the author demonstrates that, far from being puppets under the control of the British, they were in fact 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
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. 288-297) and index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 288-297) and index
Subject India -- Politics and government -- 1919-1947.
India -- Kings and rulers.
India -- History -- British occupation, 1765-1947.
LC no. 96018313
ISBN 0521571790