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The Company-StateCorporate Sovereignty and the Early Modern Foundations of the British Empire in India$
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Philip J. Stern

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195393736

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393736.001.0001

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“The Day of Small Things”

“The Day of Small Things”

Civic Governance in the New Century

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(p.164) 8 “The Day of Small Things”
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The Company-State
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Philip J. Stern

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393736.003.0008

Picking up where chapter six left off, this chapter continues to follow the slow expansion of the Company-State in Asia. Though the Company was established on a new constitutional footing in Britain as it was united with its rival “new” East India Company, policies, behaviors, and political languages in India remained remarkably consistent, continuing to emphasize the importance of obligation, obedience, and sound systems of taxation and jurisprudence to establishing and maintaining authority. This chapter looks closely at Bombay’s attempts to rebuild from the invasion a decade earlier and re-establish the routines of government—including its attention to everything from the military to public health—while also detailing the Company’s efforts elsewhere throughout in Asia to continue to build upon political foundations laid in previous decades and even expand into new fortifications and colonial enclaves.

Keywords:   Bombay, new East India Company, United East India Company, jurisprudence, government, fortification

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