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Rethinking the origins of British India: state formation and military-fiscal undertakings in an eighteenth century world region

Roy, Tirthankar (2010) Rethinking the origins of British India: state formation and military-fiscal undertakings in an eighteenth century world region. Economic History Working Papers, 142/10. Department of Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

The paper discusses the rise of the East India Company in the contested political world of eighteenth century India, with reference to the manner in which economic power was deployed to enhance military power. It is shown that there was only one model of successful ‘military-fiscalism’ in this time, represented by the Company. The Company’s strategies, however, cannot be understood as a transplantation of European practices into India. Local factors, such as opportunism and access to the natural resources of the eastern Gangetic were important. However, institutional choices mattered, and owed in part to the Europeans’ outsider status.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/economicHistory/workingPaper...
Additional Information: © 2010 Tirthankar Roy
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 142/10
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2010 09:35
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/28443/

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