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The Making and Unmaking of EmpiresBritain, India, and America c.1750-1783$
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P.J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199226665

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226665.001.0001

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War and its Transformations: India 1754–1765

War and its Transformations: India 1754–1765

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The Making and Unmaking of Empires


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Anglo-French worldwide rivalry extended to India, where both nations traded through their East India companies. This rivalry, which had led to almost continuous warfare since the 1740s, merged into the rivalry of the Indian powers that were emerging as independent successor states from the breakdown of the Mughal Empire. The Europeans formed alliances with Indian princes. These alliances gave the British and French a potentially commanding influence over some of the Indian states. This influence led to total British control over Bengal in the events that followed the overthrow of the local ruler at the battle of Plassey in 1757. In the south, the British were able to defeat the French, but their position was weaker. Even so, by the end of the war the British East India Company had become a major territorial power in India, closely allied to the British state.

Keywords:   East India Company, Seven Years War, France, Mughal Empire, Indian states, Bengal, Plassey, British state

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