Dhara AnjariaCurzon’s India: Networks of Colonial Governance, 1899-1905

Oxford University Press, 2014

by Marshall Poe on March 25, 2015

Dhara Anjaria

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I won’t speak for you, but I find it utterly remarkable that the British were able to “rule” India. Britain, of course, is a small island off a small continent some significant distance from most of its colonies. India, in contrast, is essentially a continent unto itself and the home of an ancient, sophisticated civilization. How could the tiny UK “rule” an entire continental civilization?

Happily, Dhara Anjaria gives us some answers in her excellent Curzon’s India: Networks of Colonial Governance, 1899-1905 (Oxford University Press, 2014). In a word, the Brits didn’t rule India alone, at least when they were ruling India well. Through the lens of George Nathaniel Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston, Anjaria tells the tale.

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