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The Long Conquest: Territorialisation, Rebellion and the 'Tribe' in Eastern India, Circa 1760 to 1900

Sanghamitra Misra

This book is an inquiry into the elision of the figure of the sovereign, cotton producing Garo in the colonial archive and its savage transformation into imperialism's quintessential 'primitive' in the period between 1760 CE and 1900 CE.

The precolonial political economy of hill cotton produced by the Garos, its unhinging from the exercise of Garo sovereignty and its eventual commodification twined with the deterritorialization of the community as it made way for elephant mehals and reserved forests, forms the kernel of the book. This history is seen as participating and mirroring analogous processes of colonisation across vast contiguous swathes of India including Mymensingh, Chittagong, Bhagalpur, the Khasi hills and the Cachar valley. A central theme explored is the long history of Garo rebellions and their rationality, examined in conjunction with contiguous indigenous polities such as the Khasis; even as the book follows the growing arc of colonial power in eastern and northeastern India as it converted territory and revenue appropriated through conquest into dominium.

The book makes an original contribution to the historiography of the colonial state, the 'tribe' and primitivism by making a case for the welded histories of war, ethnogenesis, revenue extraction and anthropological knowledge--often studied as disparate fields of scholarship. It therefore also offers a new interpretation of the history of the colonization of eastern and northeastern India. The book will be of interest to academics and researchers of these regions and of empire and political economy, law and primitivism, and anthropology and colonial revenue.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Routledge Chapman & Hall
  • Publish Date: Apr 30th, 2024
  • Pages: 244
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9781032514611
  • Categories: Asia - South - GeneralRegional Studies

About the Author

Sanghamitra Misra is Professor of History at the University of Delhi, India. She researches the intersecting dimensions of economic and legal history in the context of conquest, colonisation, 'primitivism' and resistance. She has authored Becoming a Borderland: The Politics of Space and Identity in Colonial Northeastern India (2011) and several articles in academic journals.

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