PRINCE WHO BEAT THE EMPIRE


PRINCE WHO BEAT THE EMPIRE

MOIN MIR    Book Number: 87419    Product format: Hardback

Sub-titled 'How an Indian Ruler Took on the Might of the East India Company', here is an acclaimed history of empire and resistance and the moving story of the rebel prince who beat the world's most powerful corporation. The ships of the East India Company first docked at India's shores in Surat in the early 17th century. In time through astute politics and military power it became masters of this great port, but the Company came not with the intention of building Indian maritime trade, but the single-minded goal of destroying its trading prowess. By 1800, the port was completely annexed through a Treaty that gave protection to future generations of the local Nawab rulers. But elsewhere in India, the Company violated its promises. It stopped the family's income, usurping its palaces, estates, jewellery and possessions. This left the infant granddaughters of the last Nawab on the brink of destitution. But in an unprecedented counter-attack, the father of the two girls stood to defy the Empire and expose its corruption overseas to the British at home. Travelling to London he would shatter the Company's reputation. His campaign for justice would call for the end of British rule in Hindustan and not only did the Prince win back the family's possessions for his daughters, but found true love in Victorian England. The author himself lives in London and is a descendant of this same family. Superbly detailed on the mechanics of parliament when the Prince's Bill was passed with a thumping majority and how he was introduced by Prince Albert to Sir Richard Bethel, and how his servants feared freezing to death in London when some had stopped eating out of superstition for Western food. Map and photos, some colour, 220pp.
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ISBN 9781445686929
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