Title Ideology and Empire in Eighteenth-Century India: The British in Bengal
Book Condition New
Size 15 x 23 Cm
Publisher Cambridge, UK Cambridge University Press
0521059682 / 9780521059688
Seller ID 032336
Robert Travers' analysis of British conquests in late eighteenth-century India shows how new ideas were formulated about the construction of empire. After the British East India Company conquered the vast province of Bengal, Britons confronted the apparent anomaly of a European trading company acting as an Indian ruler. Responding to a prolonged crisis of imperial legitimacy, British officials in Bengal tried to build their authority on the basis of an 'ancient constitution', supposedly discovered among the remnants of the declining Mughal Empire. In the search for an indigenous constitution, British political concepts were redeployed and redefined on the Indian frontier of empire, while stereotypes about 'oriental despotism' were challenged by the encounter with sophisticated Indian state forms. This highly original book uncovers a forgotten style of imperial state-building based on constitutional restoration, and in the process opens up new points of connection between British, imperial and South Asian history. Contents Preface and acknowledgements Abbreviations and note on currency Glossary of Indian terms Map of Bengal and and Bihar in the eighteenth-century Introduction 1. Imperium in imperio: the East India Company, the British empire and the revolutions in Bengal, 1757–1772 2. Colonial encounters and the crisis in Bengal, 1765–1772 3. Warren Hastings and 'the legal forms of Mogul government', 1772–1774 4. Philip Francis and the 'country government' 5. Sovereignty, custom and natural law: the Calcutta Supreme Court, 1774–1781 6. Reconstituting empire, c. 1780–1793 7. Epilogue Bibliography Index. Printed Pages: 296 with 1 map.
Ideology Empire Eighteenth Century Bengal India