Conquering the Maharajas: India's Princely States and the End of Empire, 1930-50 (Studies in Imperialism #211) (Hardcover)

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Conquering the Maharajas: India's Princely States and the End of Empire, 1930-50 (Studies in Imperialism #211) (Hardcover)

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The position of India's princely states is a relatively under-studied aspect of the British withdrawal from India and the early years of Indian and Pakistani independence. Far from playing second fiddle to events in the British Indian provinces, the princely states played an integral role in the transfer of power in 1947. Under the British Raj, the princely states were politically autonomous, and the rulers of each state had to be cajoled and, in some cases, forced to accede to India or Pakistan. The princes' commitment to preserving their sovereignty not only threatened the territorial integrity of both South Asian countries but brought them to the brink of war on multiple occasions. Conquering the maharajas tells the often overlooked history of Princely India through the tumultuous end of empire in South Asia and the early years of Indian and Pakistani independence.
Harrison Akins is a political scientist and writer based in Washington, DC
Product Details ISBN: 9781526167859
ISBN-10: 1526167859
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: June 6th, 2023
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Studies in Imperialism