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Sovereignty, Power, Control

Politics in the States of Western India (1916-1947)

In Sovereignty, Power, Control, John McLeod uses the princely states of the Western India States Agency (now in Gujarat) as a case-study to examine the triangular relationship among the Indian princes, the politicians of the states'....read below

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In Sovereignty, Power, Control, John McLeod uses the princely states of the Western India States Agency (now in Gujarat) as a case-study to examine the triangular relationship among the Indian princes, the politicians of the states' people's movements, and the British. He argues that the princes were motivated by the desire to safeguard their sovereignty; the politicians by a quest for a share in power in the states; and the British by a policy of maintaining control. McLeod first analyses the conflict among the parties over the channels of communication between the princes and the British, the collection of duty on imports at state ports, and the existence of numerous small states in Gujarat. He then turns to British interference in the princes' affairs over the issues of minority administration, maladministration, and succession to princely thrones. Finally, he explores the honours system of titles and salutes, which played a central role in princely India.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788186921425
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8186921427
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2007
  • Pages : xiv, 306p.
  • Bibliographic Details : One map; Appendices; Bibliography; Index
  • Size : 23 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 550 gm

Acknowledgements
List of tables
Abbreviations used in the footnotes
Glossary of Indian terms
Map of the Western India states and Baroda
Prologue

Part One: Sovereignty, Power, Control

Chapter One: Sovereignty: The Rulers
Chapter Two: Power: The Politicians
Chapter Three: Control: The Paramount Power

Part Two: Question, Crisis, Problem

Chapter Four: The Question of Political Relations
Chapter Five: The Crisis of the State Ports
Chapter Six: The Problem of the Smaller States

Part Three: The Limits of Sovereignty

Chapter Seven: British Interference in State Affairs
Chapter Eight: Minority Administration
Chapter Nine: Maladministration
Chapter Ten: Succession

Part Four: A Matter of Honour

Chapter Eleven: The Honours System in Princely India
Chapter Twelve: A Tale of Two Princes

Epilogue
Appendix One
: Rulers of the principal states of Western India 1916-1947
Appendix Two: Principal British officials in the Western India States Agency
Select Bibliography
Index

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