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Empire and Information: Intelligence Gathering and Social Communication in India, 1780-1870 (Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society) Paperback – March 28, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0521663601 ISBN-10: 0521663601

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  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (March 28, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521663601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521663601
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,417,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This...delivers far more than it initially promises. C.A. Bayly has produced a fascinating study that marries social, material, and intellectual history and that has implications far beyond this particular period in Indian history." Margaret MacMillan, American Historical Review

"This...delivers far more than it initially promises. C.A. Bayly has produced a fascinating study that marries social, material, and intellectual history and that has implications far beyond this particular period in Indian history." margaret MacMillan, American Historical Review

Book Description

Christopher Bayly, already established as one of the most eminent historians of his day, writes a penetrating account of the evolution of British intelligence in India. He describes how Indian spies were recruited to secure political and social information about their subjects, and how the colonial authorities interpreted, and, in some cases, misinterpreted the information supplied. This book will become a classic in the field of Indian and imperian history, and will be read by both scholar and student alike.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Thornett on October 30, 2006
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This dense, rich work gives both the "big picture" and the fine details of the sea changes in British intelligence in India. It is very thorough; it would be hard for either a serious high school student or a serious researcher to consult this work for even 10 minutes without coming away with valuable insights. Bayly is able to pull facts together to give a vivid picture of the place and time. If you are doing a paper on British India, this book will serve you well.
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