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India under Colonial Rule: 1700-1885

1st Edition

By Douglas M. Peers


180 pages

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Between 1700 and 1885 the British became the paramount power on the Indian subcontinent, their authority extending from Sri Lankain the south to the Himalayasin the north. It was a massive empire, inspiring both pride and anxiety amongst the British, and forcing change upon and disrupting the lives of its Indian subjects.

Yet it is not simply a history of conquest and subjugation, or dominance and defeat: interaction and interdependency powerfully shaped the histories of all involved. The end result was a hybrid empire. India may have become by 1885 the jewel in the British crown, but by that same year a series of changes had occurred within Indian society that would set the foundations for the modern states of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. This book provides a concise introduction to these dramatic changes.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Series. Acknowledgements. Maps. Preface. Note on Spelling. Chronology. PART ONE: INTRODUCTION. 1. BACKGROUND AND HISTORIOGRAPHY. PART TWO: ANALYSIS. 2. EMPIRES AND ENTREPRENEURS, 1700-65. 3. CONQUEST AND CONSOLIDATION, 1765-1857. 4. REBELLION AND RECONSTRUCTION, 1857-1885. PART THREE: ASSESSMENT. 5. THE LEGACIES OF EMPIRE IN BRITAIN AND INDIA. PART FOUR: DOCUMENTS. Glossary. Who’s Who. Further Reading. References. Index.

About the Author

Douglas Peers teaches Indian and Imperial History at the University of Calgary. Previous publications include Between Mars and Mammon: Colonial Armies and the Garrison State in Nineteenth-Century India (1995), co-edited books on J.S. Mill and India and on India in the Victorian mass media, and articles on many different aspects of Indian military, literary and political history.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia