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Kingship and Polity on the Himalayan Borderland explores the modern transformation of state and society in the Indian Himalaya. Centred on three Rajput led-kingdoms during the transition to British rule (c. 1790-1840) and their interconnected histories, it demonstrates how border making practices engendered a modern reading of ‘tradition’ that informs communal identities to this day. Countering the common depiction of these states as all-male, caste-exclusive entities, it reveals the strong familial base of Rajput polity, wherein women — and regent queens in particular — played a key role alongside numerous non-Rajput groups. Drawing on rich archival records, rarely examined local histories, and nearly two decades of ethnographic research, it offers an alternative to the popular and scholarly discourses that developed with the rise of colonial knowledge. The analysis exposes the cardinal contribution of borderland spaces to the fabrication of group identities. This book will interest historians and anthropologists of South Asia and of the Himalaya, as well as scholars working on postcolonialism, gender, and historiography.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. List of Images, Maps and Charts
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. A Note on Translation and Transliteration
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 13-28
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  1. 1. Memories of a Feud: Chinjhiar, 1795
  2. pp. 29-60
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  1. 2. Alterity and Myth in Himalayan Historiography: Kangra, Sirmaur, and Gorkha Rule in the West
  2. pp. 61-84
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  1. 3. Sati and Sovereignty in Theory and Practise
  2. pp. 85-124
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  1. 4. Statecraft at the Edge of Empire: Bilaspur, 1795-1835
  2. pp. 125-160
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  1. 5. Widowed Ranis, Scheming Rajas, and the Making of ‘Rajput Tradition’
  2. pp. 161-196
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 197-204
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  1. Appendix: The Jhera of Chinjhiar
  2. pp. 205-228
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789048536757
Related ISBN(s)
9789462985605
MARC Record
OCLC
1111847232
Pages
252
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-12
Language
English
Open Access
Yes

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