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Author Wagner, Kim A

Title Thuggee : banditry and the British in early nineteenth-century India / Kim A. Wagner
Published Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007


Description 1 online resource (xx, 281 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Cambridge imperial and post-colonial studies series
Cambridge imperial and post-colonial studies series
Contents Thuggee reassessed -- PART 1 -- Engaging the colonial 'archives of repression' -- Thuggee in pre-colonial India -- The discovery of thuggee, Etawah 1809 -- Thomas Perry and the first arrests -- N.J. Halhed in Sindouse, Oct. 1812 -- PART 2 -- Sindouse -- The practice of thuggee -- The itinerant underworld -- The world of the thugs -- PART III -- Halhed in Sindouse -- a second look -- Sindouse -- the aftermath -- Continued measures against thugs -- The operations commence -- The thuggee campaign -- From Sindouse to Sagar
Summary Often described merely as a colonial construction, the phenomenon of thuggee remains one of the more contentious and controversial subjects of Nineteenth-century South Asian History. Based largely on new material, this book constitutes the first in-depth examination of thuggee as a type of banditry, emerging in a specific socio-economic and geographic context. Thuggee was not an essence or a caste-like phenomonon, but a means of obtaining a livelihood reverted to by all strata of Indian society in certain areas. As such it constituted a highly institutionalized practice related to issues of patronage and retainership, identity and legitimacy, and it was defined by the appropriation of high status rituals and the martial ethos. The British usually described the thugs as fanatic assassins and Kali-worshippers, yet Wagner argues that the history of thuggee need no longer be limited to the study of its representation
Notes Based on the author's thesis (Ph. D.--University of Cambridge, 2003) entitled: Thuggee and the construction of crime in early 19th century India
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Thugs (Indic criminal group) -- India -- Sindouse Region -- History -- 19th century -- Historiography
Thugs (Indic criminal group) -- Government policy -- India -- Sindouse Region -- History -- 19th century -- Historiography
TRUE CRIME -- General.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780230590205