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Trade, Bullion and Conquest Bengal in the Mid-eighteenth Century*

01 Jul 1991-Itinerario (Cambridge University Press)-Vol. 15, Iss: 02, pp 21-32
TL;DR: The British conquest of Bengal at Plassey, in June 1757, was one of the most significant developments in the eighteenth century as discussed by the authors, and it is imperative to examine closely the background of and the circumstances leading to the conquest.
Abstract: The British conquest of Bengal at Plassey, in June 1757, was one of the most significant developments in the eighteenth century. Plassey indeed laid the foundation of the British empire in India. Bengal was the springboard from which the British spread in different directions and ultimately conquered other parts of India. Hence it is imperative to examine closely the background of and the circumstances leading to the conquest. As I have already analysed some aspects of the question elsewhere, in this paper I shall confine myself to the more crucial ones, especially those raised in recent writings and which, strangely enough, tend to perpetuate the traditional explanation of the British conquest of Bengal.
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