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Indian Society and the Making of the British Empire : The New Cambridge History of India - C. A. Bayly

Indian Society and the Making of the British Empire

The New Cambridge History of India

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Published: 1st October 1990
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The past twenty years have seen a proliferation of specialist scholarship on the period of India's trasition to colonialism. This volume provides a synthesis of some of the most important themes to emerge from recent work and seeks in particular to reassess the role of Indians in the politics and economics of early colonialism. It discusses new views of the 'decline of the Moghuls' and the role of the Indian capitalists in the expansion of the English East Indian Company's trade and urban settlements. Professor Bayly considers the reasons for the inability of indigenous states to withstand the British, but also highlights the relative failure of the Company to transform India into a quiescent and profitable colony. Later chapters deal with changes in India's ecology, social organisation and ideologies in the nineteenth century, and analyse the nature of Indian resistance to colonialism, including the rebellion of 1857.

'A treat in store for all students of subcontinental history ... an excellent read for any person interested in recent Indian history.' Tariq Ali, The Guardian 'A masterly work of synthesis and interpretation.' The Times Literary Supplement 'A sophisticated and complex explanation for the failure of the indigenous States to resist British imperialism ... a work of substantial scholarship providing not merely a synthesis of existing material but also original research.' The Times Higher Educational Supplement

List of maps
General editorG++s preface
Preface
Introduction
India in the eighteenth century: the formation of states and social groups
Indian capital and the emergence of colonial society
The crisis of the Indian state, 1780G++1820
The consolidation and failure of the East India CompanyG++s state, 1818G++57
Peasant and Brahmin: consolidating G++traditionalG++ society
Rebellion and reconstruction
Conclusion: the first age of colonialism in India
Glossary of Indian terms
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521386500
ISBN-10: 0521386500
Series: The New Cambridge History of India
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 1st October 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.37