This book is a history of British India from 1599 to 1947. It is divided into three parts addressing political history, topical studies, and a collection of four hundred biographies of noteworthy English men and women who played a role in the creation of British India.
As the Elizabethan era approached its end, English life exuded a high sense of energy and optimism that drove men to the ends of the earth. The lure of wealth in the spices of the East Indies correlated well with English naval strengths. In London, the East India Company set the national vision of competition with the Portuguese, Dutch and French while in India it developed the ports of Madras, Bombay, and Calcutta. Britain dominated India's political landscape for over 300 years, yet in the twentieth century, the emergence of Gandhi and his use of civil disobedience shook the British government to its foundations. By March 1947, Lord Mountbatten had little more choice than to grant Indian independence or see it taken by Indians themselves.
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About the Author
John F. Riddick is Professor Emeritus of Central Michigan University. His earlier books include: Who Was Who in British India (Greenwood, 1998), A Guide to Indian Manuscripts (Greenwood, 1993), and Glimpses of India: An Annotated Bibliography of Personal Writings by Englishmen, 1583-1947 (Greenwood, 1989).
Table of Contents
Part1: Chronology of Political History
British Entry Into India, 1599-1765
The Rise of British India, 1766-1818
The Consolidation of British India, 1819-1857
The Indian Mutiny and Reconstruction Under Crown Rule, 1857-1876
Imperial India, 1877-1905
Reform and Reaction, 1905-1920
Toward Indian Independence, 1920-1947
Part 2: Chronology of Topics
Religion and the Missions
British Education in India
Law and Judicial Institutions
Science, Technology, and Medicine
Part 3: Biographies of Notable Anglo-Indians