Oriental Culture In Transition: Hyderabad State (1853-1948)

Author:

Y. Vaikuntham

Publisher:

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

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Publisher

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

Publication Year 2018
ISBN-13

9788193560907

ISBN-10 8193560906
Binding

Hardcover

Edition FIRST
Number of Pages 477 Pages
Language (English)
Dimensions (Cms) 22x14x3
Weight (grms) 738

The culture of erstwhile Hyderabad was not only an extension of the Mughal culture with geographical distinctiveness, but also regionalized with special features known as Deccani culture, a distinct form of Oriental Culture. This volume analyses how and to what extent the regional influences in Hyderabad dominated while assimilating the features of the British Raj.


‘Paramountcy’ was a canny and self-serving concept invented by the British in the nineteenth century to assert their ‘indirect rule’ over the Princely States. The British Residents were the eyes and ears of the Raj. The present volume analyses in detail to what extent the Western cultural forms were, enforced or assimilated, in the way of manners, customs, etiquette, dress code and protocol. It also examines how liberal, secular English education was diligently promoted, not only for princes and nobles of Hyderabad but also local administrators.


The volume concludes how this confrontation and assimilation of oriental and Western cultures led to the evolution of a new regionalized culture in Hyderabad state.

Y. Vaikuntham

Yallampalli Vaikuntham was Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Osmania University, Hyderabad, and former Vice-Chancellor, Kakatiya University, Warangal.
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