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The garrison state : the military, government and society in colonial Punjab, 1849-1947 /
Tan Tai Yong.
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New Delhi ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage, 2005.
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333 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0761933360
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imprint
New Delhi ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage, 2005.
isbn
0761933360
catalogue key
5922063
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [312]-320) and index.
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"Tan Tai Yong has written a clear, solidly researched, new style account. Tan's well-crafted account brings many threads of the story together. The Garrison State should interest many: South Asia specialists in many disciplines; most students of colonialism and/or military history; and those general readers who wish to penetrate the headlines to understand better the roots of a postcolonial state such a Pakistan."
The author highlights the role that the administration played after the second world war, and the manner in which it handled the demand for Pakistan and the subsequent partitioning of the province. This book will be of interest to historians of the Punjab and political scientists.
"The book is a valuable addition to not only the history of the Punjab, but also to wider literature on military and British imperial history. It will also be of immense value to political scientists and other scholars of contemporary Pakistan."
This study examines how following the Mutiny of 1857 Punjab became the main recruiting ground for the Indian army, and the politics and political economy of the colonial Punjab were militarized.
Young's work...transcends narrow disciplinary divisions and speaks as much to national security studies and international politics as it does to military history.
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'The Garrison State' examines the impact of the Indian army in the development of colonial Punjab. The text examines the processes and extent by which the province was militarised, and analyses the nature of this labour market.
Main Description
Following the Mutiny of 1857, various factors impelled the British to turn to the province of Punjab in north-western India as the principal recruiting ground for the Indian Army. This book examines the processes by which the politics and political economy of colonial Punjab was militarised by the provinces position as the sword arm of the Raj. The militarisation of the administration in the Punjab was characterised by a conjunction of the military, civil and political authorities. This led to the emergence of a uniquely civil-military regime, a phenomenon that was not replicated anywhere else in British India, indeed in the Empire. Analysing these events, this book: - Studies the manner in which the Punjab became the main recruiting ground for the Indian Army - Looks at how certain districts were selected for military recruitment, and the factors motivating the military classes among the Punjabis to join the Army - Discusses the effects of the First World War on the recruitment process in the Punjab - Highlights the role the civil-military regime played in the politics of the Punjab, its survival after the Second World War and the manner in which it handled the demand for Pakistan and the subsequent partitioning of the province.
Main Description
Following the Mutiny of 1857, various factors impelled the British to turn to the province of Punjab in north-western India as the principal recruiting ground for the Indian Army. This book examines the processes by which the politics and political economy of colonial Punjab was militarised by the province's position as the 'sword arm' of the Raj. The militarisation of the administration in the Punjab was characterised by a conjunction of the military, civil and political authorities. This led to the emergence of a uniquely civil-military regime, a phenomenon that was not replicated anywhere else in British India, indeed in the Empire. Analysing these events, this book: - Studies the manner in which the Punjab became the main recruiting ground for the Indian Army - Looks at how certain districts were selected for military recruitment, and the factors motivating the 'military classes' among the Punjabis to join the Army - Discusses the effects of the First World War on the recruitment process in the Punjab - Highlights the role the civil-military regime played in the politics of the Punjab, its survival after the Second World War and the manner in which it handled the demand for Pakistan and the subsequent partitioning of the province.
Main Description
This book examines the impact of the Indian army in the development of colonial Punjab. It examines the processes and extent by which the province was militarized, analyses the nature of this labour market and shows how the need to control an expanding recruiting ground led to the integration of the civil administration with the military command, therby laying the foundations of a civil-military regime in the Punjab.
Table of Contents
Introduction
A 'Return to Arms'
Colonial Punjab and the Indian Army
Recruiting in the Punjab
'Martial Races' and the Military Districts
Garrison Province at Work
Punjab and the First World War
Maintaining the Military Districts
Civil-Military Integration and the District Soldiers' Boards
Managing the 'Martials'
Control and Concessions
Securing the Reins of Power
Politics and Punjab's Rural-Military Elites
The Garrison State Cracks
Punjab and the Second World War
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