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Beastly encounters of the RajLivelihoods, livestock and veterinary health in India, 1790-1920$
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Saurabh Mishra

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089725

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089725.001.0001

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Horse breeding and the ideologies of the early colonial state

Horse breeding and the ideologies of the early colonial state

(p.11) Chapter One Horse breeding and the ideologies of the early colonial state
Beastly encounters of the Raj

Saurabh Mishra

Manchester University Press

This chapter shows that though the expansionist policies of the early colonial regime led to a significant emphasis on the importance of a large cavalry, horses of a suitable quality appeared difficult to obtain within the subcontinent. Several measures were consequently taken to encourage horse-breeding, including the establishment of government studs and policies directed towards the creation of a ‘native’ market in quality horses. However, these measures did not appear to produce any significant results despite sustained implementation. This chapter examines colonial policies on horse-breeding in detail and links them to the larger economic logic of empire. It touches on several related themes such as early colonial interaction with ‘native’ agents, the question of free markets, and the impact of utilitarian and physiocratic doctrines on colonial policies.

Keywords:   Horse-breeding, studs, veterinary, physiocratic, land settlement, markets, dealers

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