CLIVE: Founder of British India

CLIVE: Founder of British India

C. BRAD FAUGHT    Book Number: 85989    Product format: Hardback

One of the excellent Potomac Military Profiles series, this lively, informed and balanced account of the great military and political leader shows that Robert Clive (1724-1774) was an unlikely military commander. In just a few years he transformed the fortunes of the British in India and enriched his family in the process. Later Baron Clive of Plassey, he is widely considered the founder of British India. He arrived in Madras as a clerk for the East India Company in 1744 and through timely promotion and a clear affinity for military leadership, proceeded to consolidate the company's commercial and territorial position in South India before doing the same in the northeast in Bengal. In 1757 company troops under his command defeated the Nawab of Bengal at the Battle of Plassey and this victory set in motion the East India Company's ascendancy over much of India. It eventually developed into the world's largest transnational trading company and paved the way for the 1857 creation of the British Raj, which would last for another 90 years. Clive is a fascinating and important historical figure, a lowly company employee who rose to great heights, an informally trained military commander who led company and local Indian troops to a series of stirring victories over local rivals who were supported by the French, and a grasping politician who used his great wealth to secure a prominent social position. Finally, he was a hounded society notable who, plagued by illness, allegedly took his own life. 114pp, ten illus and maps.
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ISBN 9781612341682
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