War, Culture and Society in Early Modern South Asia, 1740-1849

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Taylor & Francis, Mar 30, 2011 - History - 256 pages
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This book argues that the role of the British East India Company in transforming warfare in South Asia has been overestimated. Although it agrees with conventional wisdom that, before the British, the nature of Indian society made it difficult for central authorities to establish themselves fully and develop a monopoly over armed force, the book argues that changes to warfare in South Asia were more gradual, and the result of more complicated socio-economic forces than has been hitherto acknowledged.

The book covers the period from 1740, when the British first became a major power broker in south India, to 1849, when the British eliminated the last substantial indigenous kingdom in the sub-continent. Placing South Asian military history in a global, comparative context, it examines military innovations; armies and how they conducted themselves; navies and naval warfare; major Indian military powers - such as the Mysore and Khalsa kingdoms, the Maratha confederacy - and the British, explaining why they succeeded.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
15001850
11
2 The changing pattern of laterMughal warfare
25
3 Army State and politicaleconomy of the East IndiaCompany
44
176099
70
5 The Maratha ConfederacyArmies economy and warfare
95
17801849
131
Conclusion
165
Glossary
172
Notes
176
Bibliography
217
Index
232
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Kaushik Roy is Reader in History at Jadavpur University, India anda Senior Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Civil War (CSCW) at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO). His latest publication is The Oxford Companionto Modern Warfare in India.

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