Revenue and Reform: The Indian Problem in British Politics 1757-1773
Revenue and Reform offers a reappraisal of British imperial politics in the third quarter of the eighteenth century. It is traditional to regard the 1760s as a time when British politicians were preoccupied with the crises that eventually led to the outbreak of the American War of Independence. In this book, however, it is the Indian problem that is examined. Politicians struggled to come to terms with the East India Company's unexpected acquisition of territory and great wealth in Bengal, and they endeavored to formulate policy related to many new and unfamiliar issues. New light is shed on debate about revenue collection, territorial rights, diplomacy, justice, and administrative reform in order to illustrate the central theme of the book: the gradual and reluctant assumption of responsibility by ministers for the Indian empire.
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Traders into sovereigns the East India Company 17571765
Perceptions of empire
The policymakers Parliament and the East India Company
Crown and Company I the Diwani and the inquiry of 1767
Crown and Company II foreign relations 17661769
Attempts at reform I civil military and judicial affairs 17671772
Attempts at reform II trade and revenue 17671772
The East India Company crisis of 1772
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