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Commitment and Conquest: The Case of British Rule in India

Mandar Oak () and Anand Swamy

No 2010-05, Center for Development Economics from Department of Economics, Williams College

Abstract: Contemporary historians usually attribute the East India Company's military success in India to its military strength, and to the mutual distrust of Indian regimes. We argue these explanations, though correct, are incomplete. The credibility of the Company's commitments, even though imperfect, was essential to its success.

Keywords: War; Colonialism; India (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N45 N40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2010-07
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