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Cederlöf: Founding an Empire on India's North-Eastern Frontiers

Cederlöf, Gunnel:
Founding an Empire on India's North-Eastern Frontiers, 1790-1840 : Climate, Commerce, Polity / Gunnel Cederlöf. - New Delhi : Oxford University Press, 2014 (2013). - xiii, 272 S. : Kt.
ISBN 978-0-19-809057-1
Rs. 895,00
£ 23,99 (OUP UK)
DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198090571.001.0001
DDC: 954.1

This study is a richly detailed historical work of the unsettled half-century from the 1790s to the 1830s when the British East India Company strove to establish control of the colonial north-eastern frontiers spanning the River Brahmaputra to the Burmese border. It offers a much-needed reframing of regional histories of South Asia away from the subcontinental Indian mainland to the varied social ecologies of Sylhet, Cachar, Manipur, Jaintia, and Khasi hills.
   As a mercantile corporation, the EIC aimed at getting in command of the millennium-old over-land commercial routes connecting India and China. The study specifically engages with the early nineteenth century explorations of trade across Burma. Simultaneously, the Mughal diwani grant compelled the EIC to govern territory. Drawing on extensive research, the study demonstrates the incompatibility of bureaucratic power, the complex socio-economic networks of authority, and the ever-changing landscapes of the region. In a monsoon climate, where rivers moved and land was inundated for months, any attempt to form a uniform administration tended to clash with hybrid landscapes and waterscapes. This work explores how daily administrative and military practice shaped colonial polities and subject formation. [Verlagsinformation]

List of Figures. ix
Preface. xi
1. Commercial Flows and Bounded Landscapes in between Empires. 1
2. The Order and Disaster of Nature. 17
3. Making 'Natural' Boundaries. 44
4.The Land Between Rivers: Connecting the Bengal and China Markets. 79
5. Bureaucratic Control and its Mismatch with Nature. 117
6. Commerce and War: The Defeat of the Autonomous Kingdoms. 162
7. The Fiscal Subject and the Absent Citizen. 214
Glossary. 245
Bibliography. 249
Index. 265
About the Author. 273

GUNNEL CEDERLÖF is Professor, Department of History, Uppsala University, Sweden. Her work spans the environmental, legal, and colonial history of early-modern and modern India and the British Empire. Her publications include Bonds Lost: Subordination, Conflict, and Mobilization in Rural South India c. 1900-1970 (1997) and Landscape and the Law: Environmental Politics, Regional Histories, and Contests over Nature (2008). Profile page.

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