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By Lionel Knight

‘Britain in India, 1858–1947’ seeks to track the final ninety years of British rule within the gentle of contemporary old debates. the amount examines the ambiguities of British rule that from the post-Mutiny payment: the tensions among an authoritarian forms and the promise of a liberal imaginative and prescient of the long run, and among imperial pursuits and the becoming coordination of Indian aspirations for self-rule. the amount analyses those tensions with regards to modern historic debates, and strains them via altering diplomacy and global wars to Indian independence and partition in 1947.

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Arguing backwards, economic considerations look strong. A dispute with the Bombay-Burma Trading Company provided the British ultimatum. Timber, minerals and oil were rapidly exploited after the take-over. Indians and Indian money flooded into the Irrawaddy delta which within a generation was producing 60 per cent of the rice traded on world markets. The Irrawaddy Flotilla Company became the largest shipping company in the world. Strategic motives appear even stronger. 8 According to this explanation what was at stake here, as with Afghanistan, was the security of India’s borders.

Mindon Min had made overtures to the USA and offered a commercial treaty to France. His successor, Thibaw Min, 1878–85, fatally refused Ripon’s offer of a commercial and friendship treaty while ratifying the French agreement. Then, the Italian consul in Mandalay, who was also the agent for the Bombay-Burma Trading Company, revealed a secret letter offering French arms supplies to Burma. A fine imposed on this Bombay company was the casus belli. The Indian government had an invasion plan ready and Salisbury and Lord Randolph Churchill (Secretary of State, 1885–86) ordered Dufferin to move 10,000 troops to Rangoon before the ultimatum was delivered on 30 October 1885.

His successor, Thibaw Min, 1878–85, fatally refused Ripon’s offer of a commercial and friendship treaty while ratifying the French agreement. Then, the Italian consul in Mandalay, who was also the agent for the Bombay-Burma Trading Company, revealed a secret letter offering French arms supplies to Burma. A fine imposed on this Bombay company was the casus belli. The Indian government had an invasion plan ready and Salisbury and Lord Randolph Churchill (Secretary of State, 1885–86) ordered Dufferin to move 10,000 troops to Rangoon before the ultimatum was delivered on 30 October 1885.

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