Curio Critique # 10: Changing Political map of India

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Sl. No. Curio Book Title Year of Publication
10 The Public Schools Historical Atlas 1907

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Curio reference

The Historical Atlas published in 1907 has a map of India in the time of Clive 1760

Related references

The 1860 and 1960 map of India is available at the following links respectively


An indirect reference to the changing political boundaries are found in Chandrika Kaul’s post entitled ‘From Empire to Independence: The British Raj in India 1858-1947’ on the BBC website: It is important to note that the Raj (in Hindi meaning 'to rule' or 'kingdom') never encompassed the entire land mass of the sub-continent...Two-fifths of the sub-continent continued to be independently governed by over 560 large and small principalities, some of whose rulers had fought the British during the 'Great Rebellion', but with whom the Raj now entered into treaties of mutual cooperation.

Here is another one from The Raj Quartet:
“The Jewel in Her Crown, which showed the old Queen (whose image the children now no doubt confused with the person of Miss Crane) surrounded by representative figures of her Indian Empire: princes, landowners, merchants, moneylenders, sepoys, farmers, servants, children, mothers, and remarkably clean and tidy beggars. The Queen was sitting on a golden throne, under a crimson canopy, attended by her temporal and spiritual aides: soldiers, statesmen and clergy. The canopied throne was apparently in the open air because there were palm trees and a sky showing a radiant sun bursting out of bulgy clouds such as, in India, heralded the wet monsoon. Above the clouds flew the prayerful figures of the angels who were the benevolent spectators of the scene below. Among the statesmen who stood behind the throne one was painted in the likeness of
Mr. Disraeli holding up a parchment map of India to which he pointed with obvious pride but tactful humility....”

Source Paul Scott, The Raj Quartet, Volume 1: The Jewel in the Crown
Curio Quest How did the continuous change in boundaries of the Indian Political Map for three consecutive centuries affect the social life of Indians living within the precincts of newly drawn boundaries?

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