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

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  • Roy, Tirthankar

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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.

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  • 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 28443, London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Economic History.
  • Handle: RePEc:ehl:wpaper:28443
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    • N0 - Economic History - - General
    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East
    • H83 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - Public Administration

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