Indirect Rule in the British Empire: The Foundations of the Residency System in India (1764–1858)

  title={Indirect Rule in the British Empire: The Foundations of the Residency System in India (1764–1858)},
  author={Michael Herbert Fisher},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={393 - 428}
  • M. Fisher
  • Published 1 July 1984
  • History, Economics
  • Modern Asian Studies
The British Empire established itself and expanded largely through its incorporation of existing indigenous political structures. A single British Resident or Political Agent, controlling a regional state through ‘advice’ given to the local prince or chief, became the norm for much of the Empire. India's princely states, where from the mid-eighteenth century the British first employed and developed this system of indirect rule, stood as the conscious model for later imperial administrators and… 

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