- Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 216 pages
- Dimensions: 155mm x 226mm x 18mm | 181g
- Publication date: 2 November 2006
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge
- ISBN 10: 0521028221
- ISBN 13: 9780521028226
- Edition: 1
- Edition statement: Revised ed.
- Illustrations note: 1 b/w illus. 2 maps
- Sales rank: 1,042,923
The aim of Bengal: The British Bridgehead is to explain how, in the eighteenth century, Britain established her rule in eastern India, the first part of the subcontinent to be incorporated into the British Empire. Though the British were not in firm control of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa until 1765, to illustrate the circumstances in which they gained power and elucidate the Indian inheritance that so powerfully shaped the early years of their rule, professor Marshall begins his analysis around 1740 with the reign of Alivardi Khan, the last effective Mughal ruler of eastern India. He then explores the social, cultural and economic changes that followed the imposition of foreign rule and seeks to assess the consequences for the peoples of the region; emphasis is given throughout as much to continuities rooted deep in the history of Bengal as to the more obvious effects of British domination. The volume closes in the 1820s when, with British rule firmly established, a new pattern of cultural and economic relations was developing between Britain and eastern India.
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"The entire Cambridge series, judging from the quality of these two examples, will prove essential reading for some time to come, for both specialists in Indian history and scholars in related fields. Both authors have clearly demonstrated their control over the state of scholarship in their respective areas. These two authors, and the series editors as well, are to be commended for a fine start to what should prove to be a major contribution to the study of Indian history." Michael H. Fisher, Public Affairs Spring 1989
Table of contents
General editor's preface; Preface; Maps; 1. The setting for empire; 2. Late Mughal Bengal; 3. The crisis of empire, 1740-65; 4. The new regime; 5. A new society?; 6. Conclusion; Bibliographical essay; Index.