A Different Story? The Princely States

  • Tirthankar RoyEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)


The princely states were the kingdoms that British India did not annex to itself. The states lived under an agreement with British India, the two main points of the agreement were that they would keep trade open and would not raise an army. How were the states affected by colonialism? Does their history change the main story of this book? This chapter shows that it does not.


Princely states Imperialism Indirect rule Regional inequality in India Railways 

Further Reading

  1. Barbara Ramusack, The Indian Princes and Their States, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economic HistoryLondon School of EconomicsLondonUK

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