By Taylor C. Sherman
Exploring violent disagreement among the kingdom and the inhabitants in colonial and postcolonial India, this e-book is either a research of the numerous recommendations of colonial coercion and kingdom violence and a cultural heritage of different ways that Indians imbued practices of punishment with their very own meanings and reinterpreted acts of kingdom violence of their personal political campaigns.
This paintings examines country violence from a ancient point of view, increasing the learn of punishment past the felony by means of investigating the interaction among imprisonment, corporal punishment, collective fines and kingdom violence. It presents a clean examine seminal occasions within the background of mid-twentieth century India, equivalent to the bloodbath at Jallianwala Bagh, the non-cooperation and civil disobedience pursuits, the surrender India crusade, and the Hindu-Muslim riots of the Nineteen Thirties and Forties. The ebook extends its research into the postcolonial interval by way of contemplating the ways that partition after which the fight opposed to a communist insurgency reshaped practices of punishment and nation violence within the first decade after independence. eventually, this learn demanding situations winning conceptions of the character of the kingdom in colonial and postcolonial India, that have tended to imagine that the nation had the ambition and the power to take advantage of the police, army and forms to dominate the inhabitants at will. It argues, to the contrary, that the country in twentieth-century India tended to be self-limiting, weak, and replete with tensions.
Relevant to these drawn to modern India and the historical past of empire and decolonisation, this paintings presents a brand new framework for the learn of kingdom violence in an effort to be helpful to students of South Asian reviews; violence, crime and punishment; and colonial and postcolonial history.