Overview for The Angami Nagas and the British (1832-1947)
The Angami Nagas are one of the major Naga tribes and belong to Kohima district of present day Nagaland state. They were the first among the Naga tribes to come into contact with the British East India Company, and the last ones who powerfully resisted the British colonial expansionism for a considerably long time. After their fall the British were able to complete the colonisation of the Naga Hills in a few years. This book gives an account of the geographical, ethnological and historical background of the Angami Nagas and then goes on to present a comprehensive and critical analysis of their relations with the British Government. The period covered is 1832-1947 A.D., which includes the causes of the Anglo-Angami conflict and goes right upto the administrative arrangements of the colonial government in the Naga Hills (including the World War II period, which saw fighting in both Manipur and Nagaland). The book further discusses the genesis of the Inner Line Regulation System and the introduction of the institutions of Dobashis (interpreters) and Mouzadars (fiscal officers) in the Angami area. It also examines the administrative development and moral and material progress of the Nagas, and assesses the impact of British rule on the social, political and economic life of the Nagas. Besides official records, minutes, Gazetteers, journals and Memoirs, the book has been researched on the basis of primary data, both published and unpublished.