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Commitment and Conquest: The Case of British Rule in India

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Contemporary historians usually attribute the East India Company's military success in India to its military strength, and to the mutual distrust of Indian regimes. We argue these explanations, though correct, are incomplete. The credibility of the Company's commitments, even though imperfect, was essential to its success.

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  • Mandar Oak & Anand Swamy, 2010. "Commitment and Conquest: The Case of British Rule in India," Department of Economics Working Papers 2010-08, Department of Economics, Williams College.
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    War; Colonialism; India;

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    • N45 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - Asia including Middle East
    • N40 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - General, International, or Comparative

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