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Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Passing of Patrimonialism: Politics and Political Culture in Hyderabad, 1911-1948; by Margrit Pernau

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The Passing of Patrimonialism
: Politics and Political Culture in Hyderabad, 1911-1948; by Margrit Pernau; New Delhi: Manohar, 2000 (earlier version published in German as Verfassung und politische Kultur im Wandel : der indische Fürstenstaat Hyderabad 1911-48; Stuttgart: F. Steiner, 1992)

Product Details:
* Pub. Date: June 2000
* Publisher: Manohar
* Format: Hardcover, 395pp
* ISBN-13: 9788173043628
* ISBN: 8173043620

The political life of India's princely states has often been described by their fly-in-amber quality. A closer look, however reveals that behind the 'oriental' facade, tremendous changes took place in the 20th century. This book follows up these changes in the princely state of Hyderabad during the time of its last ruler, Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan. The study concentrates on the changes brought about by enforced administrative reforms, by the transformation of the system of external relations in the wake of the round table conferences and by the political mobilisation of large sections of the population.

About the Author
Margit Pernau has studied Indian and European history as well as public law at the University of Heidelberg (Germany). She is affiliated to the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg, as a research fellow.

" The book under review is certainly one of the most scholarly works on the subject of passing of patrimonialism in an indian princely state at the beginning of the second half of the last century." Siasat Daily, Hyderabad.

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