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Description - Colonial Hegemony and Popular Resistance by Hira Singh

The historiography of colonialism in India has, by and large, ignored princely India and, instead, the inferences drawn from British India are generally applied to the whole of the country. This book makes a strong case for an agrarian history of India that will give due place to princely India. In the process, the author refutes the established theories of imperialist and nationalist historians, dependency theorists, theorists of the colonial mode of production and subaltern studies. Examining in detail various major princely states in Rajasthan, Hira singh analyses the changing agrarian relations between landlords (thikanedars) and peasants (kisans) in the context of the princely ruler, the paramount power, from the mid-nineteenth century till independence. Utilizing a class analysis framework, the author contends that the kisans were active agents in the changes that have taken place in the economy and society of Rajasthan over the past hundred years. He maintains that it was through resistance (to colonial-capitalist penetration) that princely India survived, while its decline was caused by the peasant movements of the 1920-40s which also played a crucial role in the dissolution of colonial rule. Based on considerable archival research as well as on the author's personal acquaintance with the region and its people, this important book provides an alternative to existing approaches which tend to privilege the colonial state.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780761992301
ISBN-10: 0761992308
Format: Hardback
Pages: 276
Imprint: SAGE Publications Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 14-May-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Hira Singh

Hira SINGH, Department of Sociology, York University, Ontario, Canada

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