The Chaos of Empire

The Chaos of Empire

The British Raj and the Conquest of India

eBook - 2016
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"Through the stories of administrators, soldiers and subjects, describes how the East India Company went from a trading company to a quasi-imperial government with over a quarter of a million troops, whose high tax on tea helped spark the American Revolution,"--NoveList.
"The popular image of the British Raj--an era of efficient but officious governors, sycophantic local functionaries, doting amahs, blisteringly hot days and torrid nights--chronicled by Forster and Kipling is glamorous, nostalgic, but entirely fictitious. In this dramatic revisionist history, Jon Wilson upends the carefully sanitized image of unity, order, and success to reveal an empire rooted far more in violence than in virtue, far more in chaos than in control. Through the lives of administrators, soldiers, and subjects--both British and Indian--The Chaos of Empire traces Britain's imperial rule from the East India Company's first transactions in the 1600s to Indian Independence in 1947. The Raj was the most public demonstration of a state's ability to project power far from home, and its perceived success was used to justify interventions around the world in the years that followed. But the Raj's institutions--from law courts to railway lines--were designed to protect British power without benefiting the people they ruled. This self-serving and careless governance resulted in an impoverished people and a stifled society, not a glorious Indian empire. Jon Wilson's new portrait of a much-mythologized era finally and convincingly proves that the story of benign British triumph was a carefully concocted fiction, here thoroughly and totally debunked"--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York :, PublicAffairs,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781610399197
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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The history of empire was a history of action in the heart of the moment, not of coherent plans and ideas.

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The first, often the only, purpose of British power in India was to defend the fact of Britian's presence on Indian ground.

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..., the techniques used to assert British power shared a common effort to rule without engaging with the people being ruled.

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... the British imperial regime in India was ruled by doubt and anxiety from beginning to end.

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