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History India & South Asia

Colonial Hegemony and Popular Resistance

Princes, Peasants, and Paramount Power

by (author) Hira Singh

Canadian Scholars' Press Inc.
Initial publish date
Oct 1998
India & South Asia
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    Oct 1998
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The historiography of colonialism in India has, by and large, ignored princely India, which covered two-fifths of the country's territory and a quarter of its population. Instead, the inferences drawn from British India are generally applied to the whole country. Terming this tendency as a "colonial mode of historiography," Hira Singh corrects this imbalance by providing a trend-setting study that explores the distinct socio-economic formations of the princely states during colonial rule.
The central argument of the book is that colonial penetration failed to dissolve the pre-capitalist socio-economic order. Far from being passive objects, the pre-colonial structures and subjects resisted colonial-capitalist penetration and forced its agents to compromise.

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Hira Singh teaches sociology at York University.

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