Publisher description for Imperial connections : India in the Indian Ocean arena, 1860-1920 / Thomas R. Metcalf.

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An innovative re-mapping of empire, Imperial Connections offers a broad-ranging view of the workings of the British Empire in the period when the India of the Raj stood at the center of a newly globalized world system of trade, investment, and migration. Thomas R. Metcalf argues that India itself became a center of imperial power that made possible British conquest, control, and governance across a wide arc of territory stretching from Africa to eastern Asia. His book, offering a new perspective on how imperialism operates, emphasizes trans-colonial interactions and webs of influence that advanced the interests of colonial India and Britain alike. Metcalf examines such topics as law codes and administrative forms as they were shaped by Indian precedents; the Indian Army's role in securing Malaya, Africa, and Mesopotamia for the empire; the employment of Indians, especially Sikhs, in colonial policing; and the transformation of East Africa into almost a province of India through the construction of the Uganda railway. He concludes with a look at the decline of this Indian Ocean system after 1920 that considers how far India's participation in it opened opportunities for Indians to be a colonizing as well as a colonized people.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Indian Ocean Region -- Colonization -- History.
East Indians -- Indian Ocean Region -- Colonization -- History.
East Indians -- Employment -- Indian Ocean Region -- History.
Great Britain -- Colonies -- Africa -- Administration.
Great Britain -- Colonies -- Asia -- Administration.
India. -- Army -- Colonial forces -- Indian Ocean Region.