Contesting Zomia: British India and the Northeast Corridor, 1850-1910
Abstract: Throughout the second half of the nineteenth century into the early twentieth, the British had a long-held aspirational policy of advancement into the Northeast corridor in British India, eastward of Bengal through Assam and Burma into Yunnan. The purpose of this advancement was to open up and access the populous market of Southwest China, in order to sell their increasing amount of indu... read morestrial products, aiming at a much larger commercial empire than British India. The formation of such a policy was heavily facilitated by the escalating imperial rivalries of the late nineteenth century, especially that with France. This aspirational policy led to large-scale expedition projects, information gathering activities, and finally territorial contestation in the area, including the Partition of Bengal in 1905. Due to various external factors locally and globally, this imperial aspiration finally faded into hibernation around the time of the outbreak of the Great War.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2017.
Submitted to the Dept. of History.
Advisors: Ayesha Jalal, and Kris Manjapra.
Keywords: History, and South Asian studies.read less