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Founding an Empire on India's North-Eastern Frontiers, 1790-1840: Climate, Commerce, Polity

Gunnel Cederlöf


This study is a richly detailed historical work of the unsettled half-century from the 1790s to the 1830s when the British East India Company (EIC) strove to establish control over the colonial north-eastern frontiers spanning the River Brahmaputra to the Burmese border. It offers a much-needed reframing of regional histories of South Asia away from the sub-continental Indian mainland to the varied social ecologies of Sylhet, Cachar, Manipur, Jaintia, and Khasi hills. As a mercantile corporation, the EIC aimed at getting in command of the millennium-old over-land commercial routes connecting I ... More

Keywords: India, north-east India, Bengal, environmental history, legal history, British empire, colonial history, political ecology, Burma, British East India Company

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780198090571
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198090571.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gunnel Cederlöf, author
Professor, Department of History, Uppsala University, Sweden