Defending British India against Napoleon
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284 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

5 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Worlds of the East India Company

Imprint: Boydell Press

Defending British India against Napoleon

The Foreign Policy of Governor-General Lord Minto, 1807-13

by Amita Das and Aditya Das

Edited by Aditya Das

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A study of how Napoleon's very real and very serious threat to British India was countered.
Following Napoleon's defeat of Prussia in 1806 and his treaties with Russia and Persia in 1807, the French threat to Britain's position in India seemed real and strengthening. At the same time, Napoleon's economic warfare with Britain and the success of French privateers in disrupting British trade in the Indian Ocean were having a severe impact. This book, based on extensive original research, relates in detail how Lord Minto, a Cabinet-level politician who was appointed Governor-General of Bengal in 1807, steadily and successfully worked to counter the French threat. It examines how he built a series of buffer alliances with local states on the northwest frontier of India; captured the Indian Ocean islands used as bases by French privateers, notably the Ile de France, now Mauritius; and, in 1811, conquered Java, nominally Dutch but following the incorporation of the Netherlands into the French Empire, effectively French. Besides the details of Lord Minto's career and activities, the book also provides full background information on a wide range of relevant subjects, including the governance and finances of the East India Company,the various polities of the Indian subcontinent and neighbouring regions, and the political situation in Britain and Europe.

Amita Das completed her doctorate at the University of Oxford. Aditya Das completed his doctorate at West Virginia University.
Preface
Setting the Stage
Positioning in Persia
Creating a Buffer Zone
Protecting Trade and Supply Lines
Preempting French influence in Java
Legacy of Lord Minto
Appendix: Government of the East India Company
Bibliography
"A welcome addition to recent scholarship on the East India Company state.. The writing is crisp [and] the analysis is judicious." ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW
"Defending British India against Napoleon is striking in its erudition. . . . [A] welcome addition to the library of any Minto scholar, as well as those interested in the history of nineteenth-century British India more generally." H-NET
"A timely contribution to current Napoleonic historiography." LMH BROWN BOOK
"An excellent study of a fascinating period, giving a clear picture of the wide ranging diplomacy required of the Governor-General, and the East India Company's place in the wider Indian and Asian world." WWW.HISTORYOFWAR.ORG
"An important but hitherto neglected slice of history brought to life very interestingly and well." AUSMARINE

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Title Details

284 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

5 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Worlds of the East India Company

Imprint: Boydell Press