This book, first published in 1936, provides a comprehensive description and analysis of every constitutional aspect of British rule in India from 1600 to 1936. Beginning with a description of the East India Company before Plassey, its constitution, administration of settlements, and relation to the Indian states, the book closes with an account of the reforms of the 1930s, the events leading up to the White Paper and an analysis and elucidation of the Government of India Act 1935.
Table of Contents
1. The Company Before Plassey 2. The Diwani, the Exploitation of Bengal, Dyarchy and Anarchy 3. The Intervention of Parliament, North’s Regulating Act and Warren Hastings 4. The Establishment of Organised Administration: Pitt’s Act and Cornwallis 5. The Supremacy of the Company in India and the Charterr Acts of 1813-53 6. The Direct Rule of the Queen Empress and the Golden Age of Bureaucracy 7. Political Unrest, the Minto-Morley Reforms and the New Delhi 8. The War and Constitutional Reform, and the Montagu-Chelsford Scheme 9. The Operation of the Reforms, the Report of the Simon Commission and the Round Table Conference 10. Federalism and Responsible Government Under the Government of India Act 1935 11. Dominion Status, and the Place of India in the Commonwealth 12. The Acts of 1935 in Operation
Professor Arthur Berriedale Keith DCL DLit LLD was a Scottish constitutional lawyer, scholar of Sanskrit and Indologist. He became Regius Professor of Sanskrit and Lecturer in Constitutional History in the University of Edinburgh. He served in this role from 1914 to 1944.