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Description - Banished Potentates by Robert Aldrich

Though the overthrow and exile of Napoleon in 1815 is a familiar episode in modern history, it is not well known that just a few months later, British colonisers toppled and banished the last king in Ceylon. Beginning with that case, this volume examines the deposition and exile of indigenous monarchs by the British and French - with examples in India, Burma, Malaysia, Vietnam, Madagascar, Tunisia and Morocco - from the early nineteenth century down to the eve of decolonisation. It argues that removal of native sovereigns, and sometimes abolition of dynasties, provided a powerful strategy used by colonisers, though European overlords were seldom capable of quelling resistance in the conquered countries, or of effacing the memory of local monarchies and the legacies they left behind.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780719099731
ISBN-10: 0719099730
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 328
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publish Date: 27-Dec-2017
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Robert Aldrich

Robert Aldrich is Professor of European History at the University of Sydney -- .

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