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“The Day of Small Things”

Philip J. Stern

in The Company-State

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780195393736
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896837 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393736.003.0008
“The Day of Small Things”

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Picking up where chapter six left off, this chapter continues to follow the slow expansion of the Company-State in Asia. Though the Company was established on a new constitutional footing in Britain as it was united with its rival “new” East India Company, policies, behaviors, and political languages in India remained remarkably consistent, continuing to emphasize the importance of obligation, obedience, and sound systems of taxation and jurisprudence to establishing and maintaining authority. This chapter looks closely at Bombay’s attempts to rebuild from the invasion a decade earlier and re-establish the routines of government—including its attention to everything from the military to public health—while also detailing the Company’s efforts elsewhere throughout in Asia to continue to build upon political foundations laid in previous decades and even expand into new fortifications and colonial enclaves.

Keywords: Bombay; new East India Company; United East India Company; jurisprudence; government; fortification

Chapter.  9996 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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