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INDIA'S RAJ AND POLITICAL LOGIC: THE UNIFICATION OF INDIA, A SOUTHERN PERSPECTIVE

Robert Eric Frykenberg

in Christianity in India

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780198263777
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191714191 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263777.003.0007

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

INDIA'S RAJ AND POLITICAL LOGIC: THE UNIFICATION OF INDIA, A SOUTHERN PERSPECTIVE

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The reasons why, prior to modern times, no single system of political power ever succeeded in bringing all of the Indian continent and its peoples under the rule of a single imperium can be found within cultural, social, religious, and political complexities and dynamics of the continent itself. Between hundreds, if not thousands, of ethnically distinct respectable castes, intermarriage or interdining had not been acceptable. Intricate mosaics and networks of segmented and tightly stratified social structure and political power made the task of bringing all of India under one umbrella so difficult to achieve that processes of disintegration and fragmentation tended to undermine processes of political integration and unification. This chapter focuses on how and why such obstacles to political integration were overcome. It explains how fissiparous forces, tendencies, and traditions were gradually reversed, and how this was done by means and methods, manpower and money, that were a hybrid of indigenous and foreign influences.

Keywords: India; political power; imperial expansion; Raj; social structure

Chapter.  17689 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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