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Introduction: Warfare, culture and society in colonial South Asia

Introduction: Warfare, culture and society in colonial South Asia

Roy, Kaushik and Rand, Gavin (2017) Introduction: Warfare, culture and society in colonial South Asia. In: Roy, Kaushik and Rand, Gavin, (eds.) Culture, Conflict and the Military in Colonial South Asia. Routledge India, pp. 1-31. ISBN 978-1138206724 (In Press)

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Abstract

Military power was central to securing, policing and defending colonial rule in South Asia. Even in peacetime, the military was the largest drain on the colonial exchequer, typically employing more than 200,000 troops through most of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Indian Army also played a crucial role in projecting and asserting British imperial power beyond South Asia, most obviously during the global wars of the twentieth century, in which millions of Indians served. These conflicts did much to shape South Asia’s engagements with, and place in, the emergent postcolonial world order, just as war and the military informed metropolitan engagements with, and understandings of the Indian subcontinent in the nineteenth century. In South Asia, as in Europe and beyond, war was one of the principal vectors for the movements of people, and ideas, through the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Imperial History; South Asian History; Military History
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CB History of civilization
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of History, Politics & Social Sciences
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > History Research Group (HRG)
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:01
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT c
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/15926

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