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RAHIM, Muhammad Abdur.

Lord Dalhousie’s Administration of the Conquered and Annexed States.

A thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy to the University of Nagpur.

Published: Delhi: S. Chand & Co., 1963

Stock code: 110772

Price: £125

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First edition, first impression, of this well-researched revisionist account, scarce in the dust jacket. Lord Dalhousie served as Governor-general of India from 1848 to 1856. He oversaw the annexation of the Punjab, Pegu, Oudh, and the absorption of several internal princely states including Hyderabad and Nagpur. “His career is seen as crucially important both by historians of the British empire in the East and by those of the emergence of India as a modern nation” (ODNB). Rahim emphasises the role of Dalhousie’s divisive tactics in the build-up to the Mutiny. “Dalhousie did suceed in consolidating the different scattered British provinces … but he completely failed to conciliate the conquered people … By his annexation policy, Dalhousie alienated the princely order. By the reckless sale of the property of the late rulers and by his ill-treatment of the helpless royal widows, he created horror and hatred among the common people. By reckless resumption of all kinds of pensions and jagirs, he alienated courtiers, landlords, zamindars and jagirdars” (pp. 379-80). Rahim’s other works include a History of the Afghans in India, A.D. 1545-1631 (1961), and a Social and Cultural History of Bengal (1963).

Octavo. Original pink-brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt, front board lettered in blind within blind frame. With the dust jacket. An excellent copy in the dust jacket with a few small nicks, a small chip to head of spine to no loss of lettering, and a toned rear panel.

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