By B. Cohen

Rejecting simplified notions of "civilizational clashes," Kingship and Colonialism in India's Deccan argues for a brand new point of view on Hindu, Muslim, and colonial strength family in India within the 19th and early 20th centuries. utilizing archival resources from London, Delhi, and Hyderabad, in English, Urdu, and Telugu, the e-book uses interviews and personal family members documents in addition to princely-colonial documents exposed outdoors of the archival respositories.

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The 1920s were an especially trying time for the families at Gadwal, Wanaparthi, and Jatprole. In this decade, each family witnessed the death of a raja, and struggled to find heirs. Chapter 5 examines these events, highlighting the ways in which each family survived the transition from one ruler to the next. Chronologically, these successions are the penultimate events in the samasthans and Hyderabad before their demise two decades later. However, far from being “typical” succession cases (where a son followed his father to the throne), these cases were wrought with peculiarities.

Third, these rulers were of “ancient” origin, emerging from the pre-Muslim empires of the Deccan. The samasthans traced their origins back to Kakatiya or Vijayanagar times. 70 When those larger empires had fallen, these smaller, more agile and adaptable political units survived. 71 Their medieval origins and preMuslim existence distinguished them from Hyderabad’s other nobles. Where paigahs, jagirdars, and zamindars were all by-products of the Nizams’ rule, only the samasthan rajas could claim pre-Nizamate status.

In this decade, each family witnessed the death of a raja, and struggled to find heirs. Chapter 5 examines these events, highlighting the ways in which each family survived the transition from one ruler to the next. Chronologically, these successions are the penultimate events in the samasthans and Hyderabad before their demise two decades later. However, far from being “typical” succession cases (where a son followed his father to the throne), these cases were wrought with peculiarities. At Wanaparthi, a sudden death pitted the raja’s young son against his uncle.

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