The History of British India

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James Mill's three volume History of British India was published from 1817 to 1818 and became an immediate success. A friend of Jeremy Bentham and a follower of utilitarianism, Mill focuses more on historical processes than human interest. He uses extensive sources rather than first-hand experience to create, as his preface claims, an 'objective' yet 'critical' history, often making harsh judgements of the country and its people within the context of a theoretical framework. He also criticises the British involvement in India and the process of conquest, colonization, and administration, the intention being to encourage the reader to a greater understanding of historical processes, ideas, and institutions with a view to encouraging thorough reform. Volume 3 examines the history of the colony from Pitt's India Act in 1784 to the end of the Second Anglo-Maratha War and the peace between the British and Maharaja Yashwantrao Holkar in 1805.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781108022798
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/2/2010
  • Series: Cambridge Library Collection - History Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 792
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Book VI. From the Establishment of the New Constitution for the Government of India, Ao. 1784, to the Termination of the War with the Mahrattas, Ao. 1805: 1. Administration of Mr. Macpherson; 2. The trial of Mr. Hastings; 3. Arrangement about troops and money with the Nabob of Oude; 4. Cornwallis takes the command; 5. Lord Cornwallis's financial and judicial reforms; 6. Result of Lord Cornwallis's financial and judicial reforms; 7. Proceedings in parliament relative to the renewal of the Company's charter in 1793; 8. Lord Mornington Governor-General; 9. Situation of Oude, as left by Lord Teignmouth, highly satisfactory to the Home Authorities; 10. The Nabob of Surat deposed; 11. Two sets of princes, connected with the English; 12. Objects to which the operations of the army in the north were to be directed; 13. Necessity inferred of curbing Holkar; Index.

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