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India, Raj & Empire.
[Marlborough, Wiltshire, England] : Adam Matthew Digital, [2008]-
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[Marlborough, Wiltshire, England] : Adam Matthew Digital, [2008]-
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Thematic areas: The East India Company: Government and Administration c.1750-1857 -- Agriculture and Trade c.1750-1857 -- Society, Travel and Leisure c.1750-1857 -- The Mysore and Maratha Wars -- Indian Uprising 1857-58 -- The Raj: British Government and Administration of India after 1858 -- Agriculture and Trade after 1858 -- Society, Travel and Leisure after 1858 -- India: Literature, History and Culture.
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Title from home page (viewed Oct. 21, 2013).
Drawing upon the manuscript collections of the National Library of Scotland, this searchable online resource provides access to digital facsimiles of diaries and journals, official and private papers, letters, sketches, paintings and original Indian documents containing histories and literary works. The collection documents the relationship between Britain and India in an empire where the Scots played a central role as traders, generals, missionaries, viceroys, governor-generals and East India Company officials. The dates of the documents range from 1710 to 1937.
Especially strong for the 18th and 19th centuries, this collection is particularly relevant to historians studying: the British Indian Empire; government, administration and politics, the relationship between Britain and the British Indian Empire, the relationship between the British Indian Empire and Indian Princely States, the Mysore and Maratha wars and other conflicts, the role of the Scots in India, the Indian Uprising and trade and agriculture. The collection includes the writings of Governors-General, Commanders-in-Chief, Indian princes, soldiers, traders, missionaries, explorers, historians and authors of literary works, indigo farmers and tea and coffee planters.
In 1615, Britain signed a treaty with the Mughals to permit the East India Company to establish 'factories' or trading posts in cities such as Mumbai (Bombay) and Kolkata (Calcutta). Over the next 240 years this trading relationship became a political relationship as the 'Company' gained control over Bengal and other territories as a result of successive wars. The rebellion of 1857 prompted a further change, as India came under direct rule from the British Government and this situation lasted until 1947 as - after a prolonged nationalist struggle - India and Pakistan were granted independence. This complex and fascinating history is brought to life through the large and diverse South Asian holdings of the National Library of Scotland. The 18th and 19th centuries are especially well represented in manuscript sources which look at: Social history Urban history Trade Wars Agriculture Travel and antiquities Indian and Imperial politics There are records of doctors and diplomats, civil servants and army officials, tea planters and natural historians, travellers and traders.
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