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The politics of empire at the accession of George III : the East India Company and the crisis and transformation of Britain's imperial state / James M. Vaughn.

By: Vaughn, James M. (James Martin), 1978- [author.].
Series: Lewis Walpole series in eighteenth-century culture and history: Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2019Description: xii, 304 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780300208269.Subject(s): East India Company | Great Britain -- History -- George III, 1760-1820 | Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1760-1820 | Great Britain -- ColoniesDDC classification: 325.30954 Summary: In this bold debut work, historian James M. Vaughn challenges the scholarly consensus that British India and the Second Empire were founded in "a fit of absence of mind." He instead argues that the origins of the Raj and the largest empire of the modern world were rooted in political conflicts and movements in Britain. It was British conservatives who shaped the second Empire into one of conquest and dominion, emphasizing the extraction of resources and the subjugation of colonial populations. drawing on a wide array of sources, Vaughn shows how the East India Company was transformed from a corporation into an imperial power in the service of British political forces opposed to the rising radicalism in Bengal, where it raised territorial revenue and maintained a large army, was an autocratic bulwark of Britain's established order. A major work of political and imperial history, this volume offers an important new understanding of the era and its global ramifications.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

In this bold debut work, historian James M. Vaughn challenges the scholarly consensus that British India and the Second Empire were founded in "a fit of absence of mind." He instead argues that the origins of the Raj and the largest empire of the modern world were rooted in political conflicts and movements in Britain. It was British conservatives who shaped the second Empire into one of conquest and dominion, emphasizing the extraction of resources and the subjugation of colonial populations. drawing on a wide array of sources, Vaughn shows how the East India Company was transformed from a corporation into an imperial power in the service of British political forces opposed to the rising radicalism in Bengal, where it raised territorial revenue and maintained a large army, was an autocratic bulwark of Britain's established order. A major work of political and imperial history, this volume offers an important new understanding of the era and its global ramifications.

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