‘Martial Races’ and ‘Imperial Subjects’: Violence and Governance in Colonial India, 1857–1914

  title={‘Martial Races’ and ‘Imperial Subjects’: Violence and Governance in Colonial India, 1857–1914},
  author={Gavin Rand},
  journal={European Review of History: Revue europ{\'e}enne d'histoire},
  pages={1 - 20}
  • G. Rand
  • Published 1 March 2006
  • History, Political Science
  • European Review of History: Revue européenne d'histoire
This essay explores the specificity of colonial violence in India. Although imperial and military historians are familiar with several instances of such violence—notably the rebellion in 1857 and the 1919 massacre at the Jallianwalla Bagh in Amritsar—there is a broader, and arguably more significant, history that has largely escaped attention. In contrast to metropolitan European states, where sovereignty derived, at least in principle, from a covenant between subjects and government, the… 
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