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How the British Came to Rule India 1600-1780


· East India Company 1600-1858 · "Jewel in the Crown · European Rivalries in India · Decline of Mughal Political Authority · Enrichment and Power

The "Jewel in the Crown"

India in British empire

From Trading company to political control

East India Company 1600-1858

· What was the EIC? · Why a private company · Key features of the EIC

­ ­ ­ ­ Large Political influence in Britain Country trade Why did it cease to be simply a trading company and become a political power?

European Rivalries in India

· Britain not the only European power interested in India · Portuguese and Dutch · French

Decline of Mughal Political Authority

Tomb of Emperor Akbar Bahadur Shah; the last Mughal Emperor 1858

Decline of Mughal Authority

Intervention of Europeans Growing economic networks Rise of regional powers in India

Enrichment and Power

· The Nabobs · Robert Clive

Enrichment and Power

· Battle of Plassey 1757; defeat of Indian power in Bengal

Clive accepting Surrender Mir Jaffir at Plassey

Enrichment and Power

· Clive makes his fortune · Warren Hastings · Award of Diwan to EIC 1767

Warren Hastings


· By 1780 the East India Company had been transformed from a trading enterprise to a political ruler.


How the British Came to Rule India 1600-1780

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