Chapter

Into the Labyrinth

Mithi Mukherjee

in India in the Shadows of Empire

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780198062509
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080151 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198062509.003.0003
Into the Labyrinth

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This chapter discusses the nature and profound implications of the discursive rupture caused by the political upheaval of the Revolt of 1857. It argues that the transfer of the government of India from the Company to the imperial monarch in the wake of the Revolt resulted in major discursive and institutional realignments to put the empire on a new foundation and remove any possibility of similar upheavals in the future. It shows how the old conflict of the colonial and the imperial became internal to the figure of the monarch in the post-1857 period giving rise to two new discourses of justice as equity and justice as liberty.

Keywords: Revolt of 1857; liberty; equity; justice; political upheaval; monarchy

Chapter.  13791 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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