THE STEEL FRAME: Local Government in British India

THE STEEL FRAME: Local Government in British India

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THE STEEL FRAME: Local Government in British India, 1858 - 1947 - Kindle eBook by Roderick Matthews
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Local Government in British India
1858 - 1947


Roderick Matthews


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British rule in India was not one single, simple thing but an extended project stretching over two centuries, whose purposes were constantly changing in economic and political terms. Structurally the machinery of British rule can be subdivided into different branches, such as its military and administrative arms. Perhaps the most continuously successful part of the whole enterprise, and possibly the most revealing of British attitudes, was the administrative work of the Indian Civil Service, established after the Uprising of 1857-8 as a direct extension of British Crown power. ICS recruits gradually took over the work of employees of the East India Company, who had previously been entrusted with local government within the Company’s territories since the 1770s. Looking at the structure and ethos of the ICS yields clues as to how little the British understood the limited degree to which any central body could ever really ‘run’ India. ICS recruitment policies also reveal concerns dictated by considerations of social and political positioning within both Indian and British society.

This eBook examines the way that the British ‘ran’ India and discusses the history of British policy in the area of Indian local government.


Roderick Matthews, Historian, Obtained a First from Balliol College, Oxford in Modern History. Studied Medieval History under Maurice Keen. Studied Tudor and Stuart History under Christopher Hill, Master of Balliol College. Studied European History under Colin Lucas, later Master of Balliol College and Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Studied Imperial History under Professor Paul Longford, Rector of Lincoln College.



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