Homo in Nubibus: Altitude, Colonisation and Political Order in the Khasi Hills of Northeast India

  title={Homo in Nubibus: Altitude, Colonisation and Political Order in the Khasi Hills of Northeast India},
  author={Andrew J May},
  journal={The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History},
  pages={41 - 60}
  • A. May
  • Published 1 January 2014
  • History
  • The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History
India's tribal northeast continues to be a footnote in national and international historiography. Influenced by James C. Scott's recent characterisation of the non-state hill peoples of Zomia and their deliberate evasion of subject status, this article reappraises the 1826 treaty between the British political agent and Khasi leader U Tirot Sing, and the subsequent Nongkhlaw massacre. It further explores a set of British expectations of the hills as a potential site for missionisation and white… 
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