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The Rule of EmpiresThose Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall$
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Timothy H. Parsons

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199931156

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199931156.001.0001

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Company India

Company India

Private Empire Building

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The Rule of Empires

Timothy H. Parsons

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the history of the British East India Company. It discusses the Battle of Plassey in 1757 which marked the start of direct British rule in eastern India and the East India Company's (EIC) strategy of using armed force to open Asian markets and defend themselves from European rivals. It also explains the role of Robert Clive in reasserting political and military British influence in Bengal and the similarity between Clive and other empire builders including Tariq ibn Ziyad and Francisco Pizarro.

Keywords:   British East India Company, Battle of Plassey, eastern India, Asian markets, Robert Clive, empire builders, Tariq ibn Ziyad, Francisco Pizarro

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