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The Colonial and the Imperial<sup>1</sup>

Mithi Mukherjee

in India in the Shadows of Empire

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780198062509
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080151 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198062509.003.0001
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This chapter explores the dramatic clash of the competing visions of empire in late 18th-century England through a discussion of the impeachment trial of Warren Hastings, the former Governor-General of India for the British East India Company, who was tried for ‘high crimes and misdemeanours’ against the people of India in 1788. It shows how a discourse of imperial justice, critical of colonial power, came to be constructed in the speeches of the prosecutor, the famous political thinker Edmund Burke.

Keywords: British Empire; impeachment; Warren Hastings; British East India Company; imperial justice; Edmund Burke

Chapter.  18969 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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