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Thuggee

Banditry and the British in Early Nineteenth-Century India

Authors: Wagner, K.

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Based largely on new material, this book examines thuggee as a type of banditry, emerging in a specific socio-economic and geographic context. The British usually described the thugs as fanatic assassins and Kali-worshippers, yet Wagner argues that the history of thuggee need no longer be limited to the study of its representation.

About the authors

KIM A. WAGNER completed his PhD in History at the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2003. He is currently a Research Fellow at King's College Cambridge, and Associate Researcher at the University of Edinburgh. He works on banditry and the methodological use of trial records, as well as colonial fears of indigenous conspiracies.



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Shortlisted for the 2008 History Today-Longman Book of the Year Award. See the History Today website for more information:

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'This is a monograph by a young scholar which takes a notoriously difficult problem in 19th century colonial history the rumoured religious cult of Thuggee whereby travellers in a remote region of Uttar Pradesh, were randomly strangled and thrown down wells - and, with persistence and intelligence, dissects it, showing how much Thuggee really existed, and how much was a myth invented by the Englishmen who set out to extirpate it. Wagner convincingly answers this old problem, and succeeds against the odds in making his text readable and not getting bogged down in theory.'

- Committee of the 2008 History Today-Longman Book of the Year Award

'Thuggee, the supposed ritual murder of travellers on India's roads in the early-nineteenth century, has been a source of contention ever since among colonial officials, nationalists and postcolonial theorists. Kim Wagner has finally cracked the problem, providing the most detailed and convincing analysis yet of its origin and nature.'

- C A Bayly, St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge, UK

'Reading colonial sources against the grain..Thuggee successfully demystifies a much misunderstood phenomenon.'

- David Hall-Matthews, Times Literary Supplement

'This excellent work brings together specific episodes with the general problem of understanding a past world, by writing a micro-history of the circumstances of the murder and disappearance of Lieutenant John Maunsell near Agra, India in 1812...Well-written, this book is also methodologically acute.'

- Jeremy Black, History Today


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Thuggee
Book Subtitle
Banditry and the British in Early Nineteenth-Century India
Authors
Series Title
Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-59020-5
DOI
10.1057/9780230590205
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-54717-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-36154-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 281
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