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date: 23 September 2023

Princely States 

A Dictionary of World History
Anne KerrAnne Kerr, Edmund WrightEdmund Wright

More than 500 Indian kingdoms and principalities that existed during the *British Raj period (1858–1947). Although their rulers preserved some autonomy they were bound by treaty to the British. The states, although scattered, made up two-fifths of India’s territory. Their princes were Hindu, Muslim, and a few Sikh and Buddhist, some, like those of Hyderabad and Kashmir, ruling majorities of other faiths. Most ruled autocratically, but a few, like Mysore, were regarded as progressive. Many princes had been forced to accept indirect British rule during the era of ... ...

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