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William Bain

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199260263

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199260265.001.0001

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The Obligations of Power

The Obligations of Power

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Between Anarchy and Society

William Bain

Oxford University Press

The idea of trusteeship in international society originates in late 18th century British India. The purpose of this chapter is to examine the emergence of trusteeship as a justification of political power in territories administered by the East India Company. The chapter has five sections: From Merchant to Sovereign in British India; The Claim to Rule; The Relations of Ruler and Subject; The Purpose of the Office of Government; and Providing Protection, Directing Improvement.

Keywords:   Adam Smith, British Empire, British India, Christianity, East India Company, Edmund Burke, emergence of trusteeship, empire, Government, Charles Grant, Warren Hastings, Improvement, India, India Act, international society, liberalism, T.B. Macaulay, James Mill, Mughal Empire, Thomas Munro, obligations of power, political power, Protection, religion, ruler versus subject, territorial rule, trusteeship, utilitarianism

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