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Commitment and Conquest: The Case of British Rule in India

  • Mandar Oak

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    (School of Economics, University of Adelaide)

  • Anand Swamy

    (Department of Economics, Williams College)

Contemporary historians usually attribute the East India Company's military success in India to its military strength. In contrast, we argue that, on its own, military strength was a mixed blessing: it could have led to the formation of coalitions against the Company. This did not happen because the Company's commitments to Indian regimes were more credible than their commitments to each other. In this sense, commitment was the key to conquest.

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Paper provided by University of Adelaide, School of Economics in its series School of Economics Working Papers with number 2009-24.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:adl:wpaper:2009-24
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