The Expansion Of British India (1818-1858) (volume 1) by George Anderson

The Expansion Of British India (1818-1858) (volume 1)

byGeorge Anderson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV THE ANNEXATION OF OUDH There is yet to be considered a state which was annexed to the Company's territory, neither by conquest nor by lapse, but by the mere act of proclamation. No action of Lord Dalhousie has been more criticised than his treatment of the King of Oudh; and the mere fact that feelings were even more bitter there than elsewhere during the Mutiny, added to the violence of that criticism. After the battle of Buxar in 1764, the Company decided that the kingdom of Oudh should continue as a buffer state between their territory and the Mahrattas. In 1801, Lord Wellesley made a treaty with the king by which Oudh became a subsidiary state. The king was left free to carry on the internal administration of the country and, in return for certain money payments, to receive the protection of British troops. During Lord Dalhousie's rule certain facts had been proved beyond any vestige of doubt. In the first place, the king's rule was both oppressive and inefficient. Lord William Bentinck, Lord Hardinge, Sir Henry Lawrence, Colonel Sleeman and Sir James Outram had each in turn come to this conclusion; and the efforts of the British Government to effect any improvement had conspicuously failed. It therefore followed that the subsidiary system had not succeeded in safeguarding the interests of the people of Oudh. Indeed, the British troops prevented all chances of a successful revolt on the part of the people against oppression. It was clear, therefore, that something had to be done; and the only difference of opinion lay in what that something should be. Lord William Bentinck had advised that the British Government should act as a guardian and trustee, and form an administration entirely native; Sir Henry Lawrence insisted that not one rupee sh...

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Title:The Expansion Of British India (1818-1858) (volume 1)Format:PaperbackDimensions:82 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217348858

ISBN - 13:9780217348850

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