The Anglo-Maratha Campaigns and the Contest for India: The Struggle for Control of the South Asian Military Economy

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Cambridge University Press, 2003 - Business & Economics - 437 pages
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This book analyses the Anglo-Maratha Campaigns of 1803 which represented the last serious indigenous obstacle to the formation of the British Raj. It examines Maratha military culture through a battle-by-battle analysis of the campaigns. The author challenges the ethnocentric assumptions that associate Western political ascendancy with 'The Military Revolution' and argues that the real contest for India was not a single decisive military battle but rather the struggle to control the South Asian Military Economy. Victory depended on economics and intelligence rather than superiority in discipline, drill and technology.
 

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Contents

Maratha military culture
15
British perceptions and the road to war in 1803
62
The Deccan Campaign of 1803
82
The Hindustan Campaign of 1803
141
Coming in
213
The anatomy of victory
284
the Hindustan and Deccan Campaigns 1803
315
Glossary
335
Bibliography
411
Index
430
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Page 415 - Bengal Artillery. A Memoir of the Services of the Bengal Artillery from the formation of the Corps. By the late CAPT. E. BUCKLE, Assist Adjut.
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Page 413 - Report from the Committee of Secrecy, appointed to enquire into the Causes of the War in the Carnatic, and of the Condition of the British Possessions in those parts, 1782.

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Randolf G. S. Cooper is a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.

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