Indian Political Representations in Britain during the Transition to Colonialism

Title:
Indian Political Representations in Britain during the Transition to Colonialism
Authors:
Fisher, Michael H.
Abstract:
During the transition to colonialism, over thirty Indian political missions ventured to London. Representing the interests of Indian royalty directly in British public discourse, these Indian diplomats strove to reshape colonial policies. They also gathered first-hand intelligence, unmediated by Britons, for their Indian audiences; some later Indian diplomats evidently learned from their precursors. Nonetheless, they increasingly struggled against spreading British colonialism, with its expanding surveillance and control over political communication, growing colonial archives, ever more dominant military force, and cultural assertions. Nor did their relatively isolated efforts accumulate into unified Indian policies. The dynamics of these unequal contests reveal how multi-centered, conflicted, and contingent was political intercourse over this period, in Britain and in India. This article analyzes these Indian missions, concentrating on two: one from early in the transition to colonialism when all parties were exploring the nature of such interactions, and the other late in that process when some Indian diplomats and, even more so, the Company's Directors, had learned to deploy more sophisticated tactics against each other. The 1857 conflict, which ended the Company's rule and established British royal authority over India, altered imperial relations with India's ‘princes’ profoundly, ushering in high colonial rule.
Citation:
Fisher, Michael H. 2004. "Indian Political Representations in Britain during the Transition to Colonialism." Modern Asian Studies 38(3): 649-675.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
DATE ISSUED:
2004-07
Department:
History
Type:
Article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1017/S0026749X03001161
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/601478

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dc.contributor.authorFisher, Michael H.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-17T12:38:17Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-17T12:38:17Zen
dc.date.issued2004-07en
dc.identifier.citationFisher, Michael H. 2004. "Indian Political Representations in Britain during the Transition to Colonialism." Modern Asian Studies 38(3): 649-675.en
dc.identifier.issn0026-749Xen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/601478en
dc.description.abstractDuring the transition to colonialism, over thirty Indian political missions ventured to London. Representing the interests of Indian royalty directly in British public discourse, these Indian diplomats strove to reshape colonial policies. They also gathered first-hand intelligence, unmediated by Britons, for their Indian audiences; some later Indian diplomats evidently learned from their precursors. Nonetheless, they increasingly struggled against spreading British colonialism, with its expanding surveillance and control over political communication, growing colonial archives, ever more dominant military force, and cultural assertions. Nor did their relatively isolated efforts accumulate into unified Indian policies. The dynamics of these unequal contests reveal how multi-centered, conflicted, and contingent was political intercourse over this period, in Britain and in India. This article analyzes these Indian missions, concentrating on two: one from early in the transition to colonialism when all parties were exploring the nature of such interactions, and the other late in that process when some Indian diplomats and, even more so, the Company's Directors, had learned to deploy more sophisticated tactics against each other. The 1857 conflict, which ended the Company's rule and established British royal authority over India, altered imperial relations with India's ‘princes’ profoundly, ushering in high colonial rule.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S0026749X03001161en_US
dc.subject.departmentHistoryen_US
dc.titleIndian Political Representations in Britain during the Transition to Colonialismen_US
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalModern Asian Studiesen
dc.identifier.volume38en_US
dc.identifier.issue3en_US
dc.identifier.startpage649en_US
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Modern Asian Studiesen
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