The Rise of the East India Company

In this podcast Dr Jon Wilson of King’s College London looks at the origins of the British Empire in India, the importance of the East India Company, Anglo-French rivalry in India, the significance of relations between the British and the Indian princes for the expansion of British rule, the Governor Generals, Missionaries and discusses some current debates.


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See the Historical Association to listen to the podcast. Contents:

  • Growing trade and commercial concern in India. Global conflict with rivals France.
  •  The decline of the Mughal Empire and the rise of the East India Company.
  •  The British attitude to Indian sovereigns: distrust, conflict and the acquisition of territory.
  •  Conclusion: Reasons for the British Empire’s growth in India.
  •  The conquest of India: an unplanned ad hoc process.
  •  The Governor Generals: the change from nominal to real control and the establishment of military rule.
  •  Missionaries in India.
  •  Colonial knowledge: British efforts to understand Indian society.

Further historical writing entitled: From the first European settlements to the founding of the English East India company, by Sir W.W. Hunter is a fascinating read available here (particularly from page 216 ‘The Constitution of the First English East India Company.’)

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