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Imperial Sovereignty and Local Politics

Imperial Sovereignty and Local Politics
The Bhadauria Rajputs and the Transition from Mughal to British India, 1600–1900

  • Date Published: May 2019
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from August 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108497435


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  • Imperial Sovereignty and Local Politics takes at its focus the historically significant interconnections between local polities and imperial formations in South Asia. Using the relationship between the Bhadauria Rajputs and the Mughal, Maratha and British Empires as a prism to evaluate the constitution of sovereignty and the process of state formation, it demonstrates the enduring relevance of symbolism and ritual, the persistence of pre-colonial political forms and ideologies and the continuing importance of local power networks in moulding imperial projects. Employing theories of state formation borrowed from anthropology, Singh emphasizes the need to conceptually separate political authority from symbolic sovereignty and examine the local context of imperial politics. This work provides a compelling re-orientation of the way we understand the nature of imperial states, the experience of sovereignty and the processes of political change in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

    • Focuses extensively on primary sources from the Maratha and British periods
    • Engages with the Bhadawar family history
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    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108497435
    • length: 258 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 159 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from August 2019
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    Note on transliterations
    Glossary of commonly used Indian words
    1. Integration into the Mughal system
    2. Decline of the Mughals, emergence of the Marathas
    3. The Maratha supremacy
    4. The rise of the company Bahadur and the British Raj
    5. The uprising, the bandit and Pax Britannica
    Appendix I
    Appendix II
    Appendix III
    Appendix IV

  • Author

    Tripurdaman Singh, St John’s College, University of Cambridge
    Tripurdaman Singh is at St John's College, Cambridge. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Sir Christopher Bayly.

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