War and Society in Colonial India

Paperback | July 1, 2010

byKaushik Roy

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The volume examines the complex dialectics between warfare, the British-Indian war machine, and colonial society. It explores the social and cultural dimensions of colonialism and also assesses the nature of the colonial state. Spatially and temporally, it covers a wide canvas. The essays arearranged chrono-logically within broad thematic heads. The first segment 3deals with coercion, discipline, and dissent in the sepoy armies while reopening the significant debate on whether sepoys were mercenaries or professional army men. The next part discusses the military cultures, symbols, andmartial constructs introduced by the British. The concluding section investigates the torturous transition of the colonial army and state from waging limited warfare to large-scale industrial warfare. The paperback edition contains a new introduction which takes the discussion further.Part of the prestigious Themes in Indian History series, this book will interest students, scholars, and researchers of colonial history, politics, and defence studies, particularly those concerned with the linkages between state, war and society.

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The volume examines the complex dialectics between warfare, the British-Indian war machine, and colonial society. It explores the social and cultural dimensions of colonialism and also assesses the nature of the colonial state. Spatially and temporally, it covers a wide canvas. The essays arearranged chrono-logically within broad thema...

Kaushik Roy is Associate Professor at the Department of History in Jadavpur University, Kolkata.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:408 pagesPublished:July 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019806831X

ISBN - 13:9780198068310

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Series NotePrefaceAcknowledgementsKaushik Roy: Introduction: Armies, Warfare, and Society in Colonial IndiaSection I : Coercion, Discipline, and Dissent in the Sepoy Armies1. Sabyasachi Dasgupta and Kaushik Ro: Discipline and Disobedience in the Bengal and Madras Armies 1807-562. Saul David: Greased Cartridges and the Great Mutiny of 1857: A Pretext to Rebel or the Final Straw?3. Rudrangshu Mukherjee: The Sepoy Mutinies Revisited4. Chandar S. Sundaram: Seditious Letters and Steel Helmets: Disaffection among Indian Troops in Singapore and Hong Kong, 1940-1, and the Formation of the Indian National ArmySection II: Military Culture and Society5. Stephen P. Cohen: The Military Enters Indian Thought6. Anirudh Deshpande: Contested Identities and Military Indianization in Colonial India (1900-39)7. Lionel Caplan: Martial Gurkhas: The Persistence of a British Military Discourse on 'Race'8. DeWitt C. Ellinwood: Two Masculine Worlds Compared: The Army Cantonment and Jaipur Rajput Male Society in Late Colonial IndiaSection III: From Small War to World War9. Tim Moreman: 'Passing it On': The Army in India and Frontier Warfare, 1914-3910. Raymond Callahan: Were the 'Sepoy Generals' Any Good? A Reappraisal of the British Indian Army's High Command in the World War II11. Indivar Kamtekar: The Shiver of 1942Annotated BibliographyNote on Contributors