The Obligations of Power

William Bain

in Between Anarchy and Society

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780199260263
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191600975 | DOI:
 The Obligations of Power

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The idea of trusteeship in international society originates in late 18th century British India. The purpose of this chapter is to examine the emergence of trusteeship as a justification of political power in territories administered by the East India Company. The chapter has five sections: From Merchant to Sovereign in British India; The Claim to Rule; The Relations of Ruler and Subject; The Purpose of the Office of Government; and Providing Protection, Directing Improvement.

Keywords: Adam Smith; British Empire; British India; Christianity; East India Company; Edmund Burke; emergence of trusteeship; empire; Government; Charles Grant; Warren Hastings; Improvement; India; India Act; international society; liberalism; T.B. Macaulay; James Mill; Mughal Empire; Thomas Munro; obligations of power; political power; Protection; religion; ruler versus subject; territorial rule; trusteeship; utilitarianism

Chapter.  12011 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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