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Christianity in IndiaFrom Beginnings to the Present$
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Robert Eric Frykenberg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263777

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263777.001.0001

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INDIA'S RAJ AND POLITICAL LOGIC: THE UNIFICATION OF INDIA, A SOUTHERN PERSPECTIVE

INDIA'S RAJ AND POLITICAL LOGIC: THE UNIFICATION OF INDIA, A SOUTHERN PERSPECTIVE

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Christianity in India
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263777.003.0007

The reasons why, prior to modern times, no single system of political power ever succeeded in bringing all of the Indian continent and its peoples under the rule of a single imperium can be found within cultural, social, religious, and political complexities and dynamics of the continent itself. Between hundreds, if not thousands, of ethnically distinct respectable castes, intermarriage or interdining had not been acceptable. Intricate mosaics and networks of segmented and tightly stratified social structure and political power made the task of bringing all of India under one umbrella so difficult to achieve that processes of disintegration and fragmentation tended to undermine processes of political integration and unification. This chapter focuses on how and why such obstacles to political integration were overcome. It explains how fissiparous forces, tendencies, and traditions were gradually reversed, and how this was done by means and methods, manpower and money, that were a hybrid of indigenous and foreign influences.

Keywords:   India, political power, imperial expansion, Raj, social structure

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