The History of British India: A Chronology

The History of British India: A Chronology

by John F. Riddick


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313322808
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/30/2006
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.88(d)

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

Economic Development

Religion and the Missions

British Education in India

Cultural Developments

Law and Judicial Institutions

Oriental Studies

Science, Technology, and Medicine

Part 3: Biographies of Notable Anglo-Indians



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