Private Empire Building
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.
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