Curzons India: Networks of Colonial Governance, 1899-1905

Hardcover | February 15, 2014

byDhara Anjaria

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George Curzon was post-Mutiny India's most imperialistic Viceroy. From 1899-1905, he attempted to single-handedly implement a 12 point reform programme designed to optimise the efficiency of administration, eliciting fierce opposition and support from the other diverse constituents of theGovernment of India. The book examines two basic, intersecting themes that defined the course of George Curzon's Viceroyalty of India: executive power and the checks upon it. It analyses the degree to which the major constituent components of the Government of India successfully delineated andfenced in the boundaries of Viceregal power on their own, and the extent to which they collaborated with each other to do so, with reference to internal administration. The book explores the factors that helped and hindered Curzon in his quest to integrate these disparate elements that made up the Government of India into an efficient administrative framework which ran along the lines he wished. Also explored in the book are Curzon's relations with Lord Ampthill,his longest serving Governor and locum in 1904, which illustrate the evolution of a relationship that started off in expected acrimony, but evolved into a partnership of mutual respect and administrative collaboration.

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George Curzon was post-Mutiny India's most imperialistic Viceroy. From 1899-1905, he attempted to single-handedly implement a 12 point reform programme designed to optimise the efficiency of administration, eliciting fierce opposition and support from the other diverse constituents of theGovernment of India. The book examines two basic...

Dhara Anjaria read History at the University of Melbourne, her doctorate being researched at Royal Holloway College. Her research interests are nineteenth-century European imperialism in Asia and the nature of the colonial state, in particular its administrative and political facets. She is currently working on an account of George Cu...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:450 pagesPublished:February 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199069980

ISBN - 13:9780199069989

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The India Office3. The Ordering of Subordination in the Presidencies4. The Provinces: The ICS and Its Head?5. An Officer and A Gentleman? English hiatus, Ampthill, and the Kitchener Affair6. Nationalism, Imperialism and the Dialogue of Inequality: Curzon and the Indian Intelligentsia7. The Constraints on the Free Exercise of Viceregal PowerConclusionBibliography