1965 Raleigh Lecture on History, published in Proceedings of the British Academy 51.
Publication date: 1966
ISBN number: 978-0-19-725898-9 hbk
Author: R A Humphreys
Raleigh Lecture on History, delivered by Professor Judith M Brown, on 27 November 2012 (venue: The British Academy), the first in a series of three lectures on 'The Making and Breaking of States'. Recent events in the Arab world have sharpened and widened public interest in the way states can be broken and made. Since the end of the Second World War the world has seen three great waves of state-breaking and state-making: the end of European empires; the collapse of the Soviet Union; and the contemporary 'Arab spring'. By revisiting an example from the first of these great waves, perhaps the greatest ‘imperial ending’ - the end of British imperial rule in India in 1947 - this lecture investigates issues which may prove instructive in probing the dynamics of other phases of turbulence in the structures and nature of states. It addresses four major questions which are relevant across the many different episodes of state breaking and making, with the help of evidence from the case of the South Asian subcontinent. What is the relationship between state and society and the patterns of relationship which help to determine the nature and vulnerability of the state? What makes a viable and destabilising opposition to the imperial state? What is the nature of the breaking or collapse of that state? How are states refashioned out of the inheritance of the previous regime and the breaking process?
1965 Philosophical Lecture