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By Julie E. Hughes

One summer time night in 1918, a leopard wandered into the gardens of an Indian palace. Roused by way of the alarms of servants, the prince’s eldest son and his entourage rode elephant-back to discover and shoot the intruder. an exhilarating yet insignificant vignette of lifestyles lower than the British Raj, we might imagine. but to the contributors, the search used to be encumbered with symbolism. rigorously choreographed based on royal protocols, recorded via scribes and venerated through courtroom artists, it was once a effective exhibit of regal dominion over males and beasts alike. Animal Kingdoms uncovers the far-reaching cultural, political, and environmental value of looking in colonial India.

Julie E. Hughes explores how Indian princes depended on their prowess as hunters to strengthen own prestige and solidify energy. Believing that males and animals constructed comparable features by means of inhabiting a shared setting, they sought out quarry―fierce tigers, agile boar―with features they was hoping to domesticate in themselves. principally debarred from army actions less than the British, additionally they used the quest to set up significant hyperlinks with the ancient battlefields and mythical deeds in their ancestors.

Hunting was once not just a method of exhibiting masculinity and heroism, in spite of the fact that. Indian rulers strove to provide an image of privileged ease, perched in luxuriously built taking pictures containers and followed by way of lavish retinues. Their curiosity in being sumptuously sovereign used to be an important to raising the status of prized online game. Animal Kingdoms will tell historians of the subcontinent with new views and captivate readers with descriptions of its superb landscapes and wildlife.

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Pandian, “Predatory Care: The Imperial Hunt in Mughal and British India,” Journal of Historical Sociology 14, 1 (March 2001): 88. , 90. 18 Animal Kingdoms allegiance and dissent. The colonial approach made allowances for sovereign and subordinate, clear and fixed hierarchies, and a simple binary of loyalist and traitor. Neither style could satisfy princely needs and desires by the early twentieth century, and so they often operated, uneasily and disconcertingly, in between. Unsurprisingly, the idea that Indian princes could balance pleaÂ� sure and public service, or even that they might have been interested in doing so, rarely found its way into the commentaries Englishmen wrote on princely shikar.

15–16. Introduction: A Leopard in the Garden 27 Map 1:╇ Princely and British India Consistent with this deep-seated pride in his Sisodia ancestry and state history, Fateh Singh shunned activities and situations that he believed might compromise Mewar’s reputation or his personal dignity. N. H. , Haqiqat Bahida, 1:20–1. 28 Animal Kingdoms effort to keep outside influences at bay, Fateh Singh’s policies also delayed the introduction of railways and other “progressive” works in his state. 53 On the other hand, many British officials considered him difficult, out of touch, uneducated, excessively conservative, and potentially disloyal.

26 Animal Kingdoms Bikaner, and tiger poaching beyond Orchha’s borders in the British Indian jungles of greater Bundelkhand make their appearance in these pages, as do illustrations from Dungarpur, Rewah, and other central and western Rajput states. Landscape-specific hunting experiences like these were shared widely amongst the ranks of elite Indian rulers. All sporting princes sought out the hunting landscapes they considered most conducive to their particular needs. If the shikargahs available in their own states fell short of their requirements, rulers accessed more suitable grounds elsewhere.

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