By Robert Travers
Robert Travers' research of British conquests in overdue eighteenth-century India indicates how new rules have been formulated in regards to the building of empire. After the British East India corporation conquered the substantial province of Bengal, Britons faced the obvious anomaly of a ecu buying and selling corporation performing as an Indian ruler. Responding to a protracted problem of imperial legitimacy, British officers in Bengal attempted to construct their authority at the foundation of an 'ancient constitution', supposedly came across one of the remnants of the declining Mughal Empire. within the look for an indigenous structure, British political techniques have been redeployed and redefined at the Indian frontier of empire, whereas stereotypes approximately 'oriental despotism' have been challenged via the stumble upon with subtle Indian country types. This hugely unique publication uncovers a forgotten form of imperial state-building in response to constitutional recovery, and within the technique opens up new issues of connection among British, imperial and South Asian heritage.
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