Revenue and Reform: The Indian Problem in British Politics 1757-1773 (Hardback)
  • Revenue and Reform: The Indian Problem in British Politics 1757-1773 (Hardback)
zoom

Revenue and Reform: The Indian Problem in British Politics 1757-1773 (Hardback)

(author)
£72.00
Hardback 220 Pages / Published: 17/10/1991
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
Revenue and Reform offers a reappraisal of British imperial politics in the third quarter of the eighteenth century. It is traditional to regard the 1760s as a time when British politicians were preoccupied with the crises which eventually led to the outbreak of the American War of Independence in 1775. Here, for the first time, a different imperial problem - the Indian problem - is examined in detail. Politicians struggled to come to terms with the East India Company's unexpected acquisition of territory and great wealth in Bengal, and they endeavoured to formulate policy related to many new and unfamiliar issues. New light is shed on debate about revenue collection, territorial rights, diplomacy, justice and administrative reform in order to illustrate the central theme of the book: the gradual and reluctant assumption of responsibility by ministers for the Indian empire. Firm guidelines for the development of the Anglo-Indian imperial connection were eventually laid down by Lord North's Regulating Act of 1773, and the background to, and principles underpinning, this important legislative landmark are fully explored in the concluding chapters.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521403160
Number of pages: 220
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This fine study of the Indian problem in Hanoverian politics represents something of a breakthrough....[Bowen] is able to synthesize many of the issues raised in the periodical pieces and move the debate forward. The result is very rewarding indeed and this whole approach to imperial problems is to be encouraged, for the very simple reason that it augments the traditional concerns of Empire scholarship so well." Philip Lawson, Albion
"In adopting a global perspective to Britain's late eighteenth century 'imperial problem', the author provides some interesting comparisons of the roles that India and North America played in British politics....Revenue and Reform deals with one of the most important aspects of an imperial policy that was of profound consequence not only to India, but also to eighteenth century Britain and the soon-to-be United States." Journal of Asian History
"...a milestone in imperial history. This new book provides scholars and students of imperial history with an innovative synthesis of British politics and British activity in India in the period from Plassey to the passage of the Regulating Act. Bowen's lively style and excellent presentation have made a complicated story easier to understand as the author skillfully guides us through the maze of India House and the House of Commons." Linda Kerr, Canadian Journal of History
"The research is thorough, the material is presented clearly, and the analysis is persuasive....Those fascinated by the rise and development of the British Raj will find this to be a valuable study." Lynn Zastoupil, Journal of Asian Studies
"Bowen has written a mature and well-crafted book which does much to explain British responses to the challenges of trade and empire in the eighteenth century." John Derry, The International History Review

You may also be interested in...

If Walls Could Talk
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
How to be a Victorian
Added to basket
A History of Ancient Britain
Added to basket
The Churchill Factor
Added to basket
£10.99   £7.99
Paperback
Pocket History of Scotland
Added to basket
Londoners
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The English Civil War
Added to basket
First Light
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Gimson's Kings and Queens
Added to basket
Winter King
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Civil War
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The English and their History
Added to basket
Story of Ireland
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Battle of Britain
Added to basket
The Making Of The British Landscape
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.