The essays in this volume attempt to outline the principal administrative institutions of southern India and to show how they influenced the development of political organisations. Modern Indian history certainly does not lack studies of the machinery of administration: the making of land revenue, police and judicial systems have received extensive treatment. Yet a gap has emerged between administrative and political historians and there has been little work on the particular implications of different administrative systems. In a sense, this is understandable; political historians have been attracted to the major themes of modern Indian history—to the development of nationalism, communalism and religious revivalism. It is through the working out of these themes that Indian society has been most obviously changed. Moreover, as these movements expressed particular intellectual positions and were carried forward (or are held to have been carried forward) by particular socially-defined groups, it is natural that analysis of them should concentrate on intellectual and social factors. In its early stages of development, modern political history has not needed to consider administration.


Political Organisation Political Development Political Connection Political History Religious Revivalism 
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© C. J. Baker and D. A. Washbrook 1975

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