Sovereignty and Social Reform in India: British Colonialism by Andrea Major

By Andrea Major

The British prohibition of sati (the funeral perform of widow immolation) in 1829 has been thought of an archetypal instance of colonial social reform. It was once now not the tip of the tale, in spite of the fact that, as among 1830 and 1860, British East India corporation officers engaged in a debate with the Indian rulers of the Rajput and Maratha princely states of North West India concerning the prohibition and suppression of sati of their territories. This ebook examines the debates that caused laws in those components, arguing that they have been instrumental in surroundings the phrases of post-colonial debates approximately sati, and extra normally, in defining the parameters of British involvement in Indian social and non secular concerns.

This ebook presents a reinterpretation of the key issues of sovereignty, authority and social reform in colonial South Asian background via analyzing the transferring pragmatic, political, ethical and ideological forces which underpinned British rules on and attitudes to sati. the writer illuminates the advanced ways that East India corporation officers negotiated the bounds in their personal authority in India, their conceptions of nature and the level of Indian princely sovereignty, and argues that and the so-called ‘civilising challenge’ used to be frequently depending on neighborhood conditions and political expediencies instead of overarching imperial ideas; the publication additionally evaluates Indian responses to the intended modernising Enlightenment discourse.

This publication might be of significant curiosity to scholars and students of South Asian historical past in addition to British colonial studies.

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