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Author Marshall, P. J. (Peter James)

Title Bengal--the British bridgehead : eastern India, 1740-1828 / P.J. Marshall
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1987
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 195 pages, 1 unnumbered leaf of plates) : illustrations, maps
Series New Cambridge history of India ; II, 2
New Cambridge history of India ; II, 2
Contents 1. The setting for empire. -- 2. Late Mughal Bengal. -- 3. The crisis of empire, 1740-65. -- 4. The new regime. -- 5. A new society? -- 6. Conclusion
Summary Explains how, in the eighteenth century, Britain established her rule in eastern India, the first part of the subcontinent to be incorporated into the British Empire. Though the British were not in firm control of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa until 1765, to illustrate the circumstances in which they gained power and elucidate the Indian inheritance that so powerfully shaped the early years of their rule, Marshall begins his analysis around 1740 with the reign of Alivardi Khan, the last effective Mughal ruler of eastern India. He then explores the social, cultural and economic changes that followed the imposition of foreign rule and seeks to assess the consequences for the peoples of the region; emphasis is given throughout as much to continuities rooted deep in the history of Bengal as to the more obvious effects of British domination. The volume closes in the 1820s when, with British rule firmly established, a new pattern of cultural and economic relations was developing between Britain and eastern India
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Bengal (India) -- History.
India -- History -- 18th century.
India -- History -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511468717 (ebook ; Cambridge histories online)
1139055658 (ebook)
9780511468711 (ebook ; Cambridge histories online)
9781139055659 (ebook)
9781139055659 (electronic bk.)