Indian Society and the Making of the British Empire: 2 (The New Cambridge History of India)

Indian Society and the Making of the British Empire: 2 (The New Cambridge History of India)

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C. A. Bayly
Cambridge University Press
Edition: 1st Edition, 3/31/1988
EAN 9780521250924, ISBN10: 0521250927

Hardcover, 248 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
Language: English

The past twenty years have seen a proliferation of specialist scholarship on the period of India's transition 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.

List of maps
General editor's preface
1. India in the eighteenth century
the formation of states and social groups
2. Indian capital and the emergence of colonial society
3. The crisis of the Indian state, 1780–1820
4. The consolidation and failure of the East India Company's state, 1818–57
5. Peasant and Brahmin
consolidating 'traditional' society
6. Rebellion and reconstruction
the first age of colonialism in India
Glossary of Indian terms