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The Politics of Empire at the Accession of George III – The East India Company and the Crisis and Transformation of Britain's Imperial State - Yale Scholarship Online
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The Politics of Empire at the Accession of George III: The East India Company and the Crisis and Transformation of Britain's Imperial State

James M. Vaughn

Abstract

This book challenges the scholarly consensus that British India and the Second Empire were founded in “a fit of absence of mind.” The book instead argues that the origins of the Raj and the largest empire of the modern world were rooted in political conflicts and movements in Britain. It was British conservatives who shaped the Second Empire into one of conquest and dominion, emphasizing the extraction of resources and the subjugation of colonial populations. The book shows how the East India Company was transformed from a corporation into an imperial power in the service of British political ... More

Keywords: British India, Second Empire, the Raj, political conflict, conquest, dominion, East India Company, radicalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780300208269
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300208269.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James M. Vaughn, author
University of Texas at Austin