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The Empire of the Raj
India, Eastern Africa and the Middle East, 1858-1947
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
15 Apr 2003
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This book examines the clash between British Indian external policy and that of an expansionist Imperial metropole in the 'western approaches' to India. The major spheres of India's overseas interest - the Persian Gulf, the Middle East, Aden, Somaliland, Zanzibar, and East Africa - are examined through a series of case studies and an analysis made of the motives behind, and nature of, Indian sub-imperialism and British imperialism. The responses of the Indian system to different levels of Imperial pressure are explored together with the development of metropolitan strategies and structures for co-ordinated interaction with the Indian sphere. The extraordinary opportunities for Indian sub-imperial expansion during the Great War form a particular focus. The changing nature of British rule in India and its impact on foreign affairs is also considered, particularly in respect of the influence of Indian external policy on domestic politics and the process of reform in the twentieth century.


Description

This book examines the clash between British Indian external policy and that of an expansionist Imperial metropole in the 'western approaches' to India. The major spheres of India's overseas interest - the Persian Gulf, the Middle East, Aden, Somaliland, Zanzibar, and East Africa - are examined through a series of case studies and an analysis made of the motives behind, and nature of, Indian sub-imperialism and British imperialism. The responses of the Indian system to different levels of Imperial pressure are explored together with the development of metropolitan strategies and structures for co-ordinated interaction with the Indian sphere. The extraordinary opportunities for Indian sub-imperial expansion during the Great War form a particular focus. The changing nature of British rule in India and its impact on foreign affairs is also considered, particularly in respect of the influence of Indian external policy on domestic politics and the process of reform in the twentieth century.


Reviews

'Robert Blyth's study of the administrative and diplomatic struggles between the Indian and British imperial governments illuminates the dynamics of sub-imperial expansion beyond the Raj...' - A. J. Stockwell, JRAS


Contents

The Empire of the Raj: the definition, delineation and dynamics of the Indian sphere
PART I: THE INDIAN SPHERE BEFORE 1914
'A Glacis of Varying Breadth and Dimension': Persia and the Indian sphere, c.1850-1914
'A Conflict of Directions': the control of Zanzibar agency, c.1856-1883
'He Who Pays the Piper Calls the Tune': Aden and Somaliland, c.1869-1914
PART II: THE INDIAN SPHERE, 1914-1937
'A Colony for India?': the struggle for East Africa, c.1914-1924
'Basrah is as Near Delhi as Rangoon': realigning the Middle East, 1914-1921
'When One Comes to Details, Difficulties Bristle': the Aden transfer, 1914-1937
PART III: POSTSCRIPT: THE END OF THE INDIAN SPHERE
'A Sort of Gilded Parochialism': the political control of the Persian Gulf, 1928-1948
Bibliography


Authors

ROBERT J. BLYTH is Curator of Imperial and Maritime History at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.