District Officers in Decline: The Erosion of British Authority in the Bombay Countryside, 1919 to 1947

  title={District Officers in Decline: The Erosion of British Authority in the Bombay Countryside, 1919 to 1947},
  author={S. J. M. Epstein},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={493 - 518}
  • S. Epstein
  • Published 1 July 1982
  • History, Economics
  • Modern Asian Studies
The paradox of the authoritarian rule of the Indian Raj at the heart of Britain's liberal empire was one that ran continuously through the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century imperialism. Both as the unpaid arsenal of Eastern expansion and defence, and as the essential stop-gap to Britain's multilateral pattern of trade, India was the necessary if incongruous adjunct of Liberal England, supporting the doctrines of progress at home on the basis of the autocratic control of its British… 
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