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- DescriptionThis book captures a moment when the competing ambitions of the Mughal Empire and the English East India Company brought them into armed conflict. The central document is a previously unpublished diary by an English officer who participated in the 1689 Siege of Bombay, a sixteen-month battle between English and Mughal-allied forces, which devastated the island and threatened the very foundations of English empire in western India, almost before it even began. Revealing much about seventeenth-century warfare and social relations, the diary and the two dozen related documents collected by the editors deliver new insights into encounters t only between the Mughals and the English but among a number of competing South Asian and European companies, states, and empires as they sought political and ecomic power in the Indian Ocean world. The introduction provides the broad historical context for the siege, and students are supported by document headtes, gloss tes, a chrology, questions for consideration, and a bibliography.
- Author BiographyMargaret R. Hunt (Ph.D., New York University) is professor of history at Uppsala University (Sweden). She is the author of several books including Women in Eighteenth-century Europe. She has published widely on legal history, military history, gender history, and the history of ideas of race in the British Empire. She is currently working on a biography of a late seventeenth-century English East India Company ship.Philip J. Stern (Ph.D., Columbia University) is Sally Dalton Robinson Associate Professor of History at Duke University and the author of The Company-State: Corporate Sovereignty and the Early Modern Foundations of the British Empire in India. He is also the co-editor of Mercantilism Reimagined, as well as the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on the political, intellectual, and legal history of early British India. He is currently working on the history of the role of corporations in shaping the British Empire, as well as the spatial dimensions of colonial jurisdiction and sovereignty.
- Author(s)University Margaret Hunt,University Philip J Stern
- PublisherBedford Books
- Date of Publication28/12/2015
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectRegional History
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintBedford Books
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight181 g
- Width137 mm
- Height208 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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