Escalation in Stresses and Artisanal Responses

Nandita Prasad Sahai

in Politics of Patronage and Protest

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780195678963
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081660 | DOI:
Escalation in Stresses and Artisanal Responses

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This chapter evaluates why artisans still continued to accept the key values of the social order in which they lived, and why rebellion did not become the characteristic expression of artisanal politics. During 1870s-1890s, the stability of Marwar suffered a major setback after its defeat at the hands of the Marathas in the battles of Patan and Merta in 1790. This resulted in the levying of extra taxes, and other forms of exploitation such as delays in payment. How the artisan and the elites were locked in a constant and enduring relationship of tension and negotiation rather than insulated in autonomous worlds of their own is discussed. The chapter concludes the central argument of the book: that the constitutive scope of state formation in eighteenth century Marwar has been expanded by the inclusion of the lower strata and its engagements with the structures and processes of power and statecraft.

Keywords: Artisans of Marwar; social order; artisanal politics; Battle of Patan; Battle of Merta; wajabi; Marwar; artisanal rebellion; elite exploitation

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