Primus Books Thuggee: Banditry And The British In Early Nineteenth-Century India

 
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About the book: thuggee: banditry and the british in early nineteenth-century india often described merely as a colonial construction, the phenomenon of thuggee remains one of the more contentious and controversial subjects of nineteenth-century south asian history based largely on new material, this book constitutes the first indepth examination of thuggee as a type of banditry, which emerged in a specific socioeconomic and geographic context thuggee did not constitute a caste-like identity, and was a means of obtaining a livelihood reverted to by all strata of indian society in certain areas as such it constituted a highly institutionalised social practice related to issues of patronage and retainership, identity and legitimacy, and it was defined by the appropriation of high status rituals and the martial ethos a history of thuggee cannot be written independently of the history of british rule in india, yet by reading colonial records against the grain, and relying on the broadest range of sources available, it is nevertheless possible to overcome some of the difficulties associated with the study of crime in a colonial context the history of thugs need no longer be limited to the study of their representations and in this book, wagner seeks to reconstruct and historicize thuggee as a social phenomenon-as less than the sacrificial cult constructed by the british, yet more than the colonial phantasmagoria counterposited by post-colonial scholars contents: list of maps and illustrations preface to the south asian edition preface acknowledgements list of abbreviations abbreviated sources glossary introduction thuggee reassessed engaging the colonial archives of repression thuggee in pre-colonial india the discovery of thuggee, etawah 1809 crime, law and order in early colonial india james law and the initial findings regulations and the irregular corps the report of mr wright thomas perry and the first arrests the trial of ghulam hussain thomas perry and t

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