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Sovereignty, Power, Control

Politics in the States of Western India (1916-1947) by: John McLeod

The volume examines the triangular relationship and conflicts among the Indian princes, the politicians and the British over the channels of communication, interference in administration, succession to throne and the collection of import duties. The book also explores the honours system of titles and salutes, which played a central role in princely India.



ISBN: 9788186921425
Year Of Publication: 2007
Edition: 1st
Pages : xiv, 306
Bibliographic Details : One map; Appendices; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: Decent Books
Size: 23
Weight: 550


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.


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

Meet the Author
John McLeod was born in Toronto, Canada, and in 1993 received his PhD in Indian history from the University of Toronto. In 1995 he joined the University of Louisville, U.S.A., where he is now chair of the Department of History. Besides Sovereignty, Power, Control, he is the author of The History of India and (with Kenneth Robbins) of African Elites in India.
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