From Contact to Conquest Transition to British Rule in Malabar, 1790-1805

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  • Copyright: 2003-03-27
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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This is a study of early colonial rule in South India, in the area of Kottayam in northern Kerala. The book analyzes the transitional phase between the mode of indigenous and of colonial administration and attempts to examine which concepts of the state lay behind the forms of local rule and the beginning of colonial rule.

Author Biography

Margret Frenz is Research Associate and Member of the Centre for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin, Germany.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii
Abbreviations ix
Meeting Malabar
Malabar in the Eighteenth Century
Pre-colonial Social Order
Pre-colonial Land Law
Legitimation of Rule
Religious Legitimation
The Model of the Little Kingdom and Its Modification
Contact Zone as a Model of Interaction
In Search of Black Gold
Economic Attractiveness of Malabar
The Portuguese, the Dutch and the French
Initial Contacts with the British
The Invasions of Haidar Ali and Tippu Sulttan
Clash of Sovereignty
Maisurian Policy Meets Resistance in Malabar
British Policy towards Malabar after 1792
Conflicts between the Local Elite and the Colonial Administration
Concept of Rule
Kottayam---a Little Kingdom?
Contact Zone Malabar
The Aftermath in the Nineteenth Century
Transformation of Rule in Malabar
Notes on Sources and Transliteration
Place Names
Glossary 184(4)
Bibliography 188(15)
Index 203

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