Horse breeding and the ideologies of the early colonial state
in Beastly encounters of the Raj
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This chapter explains the practice of horse breeding within the institutional matrix of colonialism. It highlights its affinities with the economic impulses that animated the Raj during the initial years, when the question of land revenue settlement, property rights, trade, and markets were being extensively discussed. The chapter challenges the partial occlusion of the economic, and argues that it was indeed the touchstone with which policies around several subjects like horse breeding were examined and implemented by the colonial state. It highlights the aspects of pre-colonial patterns when the British began to import breeding stock from the homeland in large numbers while discussing their links with larger colonial ideologies and tenets. The chapter shows a study of early veterinary developments reaffirms the strong military connection of the subject of horse breeding.

Beastly encounters of the Raj

Livelihoods, livestock and veterinary health in North India, 1790–1920

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