The Limits of British Colonial Control in South Asia

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The Limits of British Colonial Control in South Asia

By Ashwini Tambe

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This book assesses British colonialism in South Asia in a transnational light, with the Indian Ocean region as its ambit, and with a focus on ‘subaltern’ groups and actors. It breaks new ground by combining new strands of research on colonial history. Thinking about colonialism in dynamic terms, the book focuses on the movement of people of the lower orders that imperial ventures generated. Challenging the assumed stability of colonial rule, the social spaces featured are those that threatened the racial, class and moral order instituted by British colonial states. By elaborating on the colonial state's strategies to control perceived 'disorder' and the modes of resistance and subversion that subaltern subjects used to challenge state control, a picture of British Empire as an ultimately precarious, shifting and unruly formation is presented, which is quite distinct from its self-projected image as an orderly entity. Thoroughly researched and innovative in its approach, this book will be a valuable resource for scholars of Asian, British imperial/colonial, transnational and international history.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Social Sciences -> General

The Limits of British Colonial Control in South Asia
Spaces of Disorder in the Indian Ocean Region
1st edition
Publisher: Taylor & Francis 8/19/08
Imprint: Routledge
Language: English
Length: 232 pages

ISBN 10: 1134055269
ISBN 13: 9781134055265
Print ISBN: 9780203892442

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