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Rulers of India: Lord Clive   By: (1825-1898)

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In "Rulers of India: Lord Clive," George Bruce Malleson offers a comprehensive and insightful account of the life and legacy of one of the most influential figures in British colonial history. This biography showcases Lord Clive's remarkable journey from a humble background to becoming one of the key architects of British colonial dominance in India.

Malleson's portrayal of Lord Clive is gripping, demonstrating the complexity of his character, his ambition, and his strategic brilliance. The author skillfully unveils Clive's rise to power, from his early days as a clerk to his renowned military exploits and political maneuvering in India. Through detailed historical analysis and rich storytelling, Malleson brings to life Lord Clive's pivotal role in shaping India's colonial history.

What sets this biography apart is Malleson's ability to navigate the complexities of Lord Clive's actions, presenting a balanced view of his achievements and controversies. The author does not shy away from addressing his subject's flaws, notably his involvement in controversial battles and his role in the Bengal famine. By examining Clive with nuance and providing historical context, Malleson affords readers a comprehensive understanding of the man behind the legends.

Moreover, Malleson's meticulous research is evident throughout the book. Drawing from a wide range of primary and secondary sources, he enriches the narrative with fascinating details and captivating anecdotes, making "Rulers of India: Lord Clive" a captivating read for history enthusiasts. The author's expertise in Indian history shines through, as he expertly weaves together the political, social, and economic factors that contributed to Lord Clive's rise and the subsequent impact on Indian society.

Although Malleson's writing can be dense at times, his academic approach ensures that this biography remains an authoritative account. However, this might limit the book's accessibility to casual readers seeking a more engaging narrative. Additionally, while the author provides an in-depth exploration of Clive's life, the book occasionally lacks a cohesive structure, making it challenging to follow the chronology of events at times.

Despite these minor drawbacks, "Rulers of India: Lord Clive" is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in British colonial history in India. Malleson's comprehensive research, nuanced storytelling, and his ability to present a balanced portrayal of Lord Clive make this biography a captivating exploration of the man and the era he shaped. This book serves as a testament to Lord Clive's enduring impact on India and the lasting legacy of British imperialism.

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Edited by Sir William Wilson Hunter, K.C.S.I, C.I.E. M.A. (Oxford): Ll.D. (Cambridge)


London Henry Frowde Oxford University Press Warehouse Amen Corner, E.C.

New York Macmillan & Co., 66 Fifth Avenue

[Illustration: The Indian Empire]




Oxford At The Clarendon Press: 1893

Oxford Printed at the Clarendon Press By Horace Hart, Printer to the University



The following list represents the works of the last century which I have consulted to write this Life of Lord Clive :

Orme's History of Indostan (original edition); The Siyaru l Muta akherin of Ghulám Husain Khán (Review of Modern Times), translated copy; Cambridge's War in India (containing the Journal of Stringer Lawrence); The Memoir of Dupleix (in French); Grose's Voyage to the East Indies ; Ive's Voyage and Historical Narrative ; Transactions in India from the commencement of the French War in 1756 (published in 1786); Caraccioli's Life of Lord Clive ; Vansittart's Narrative of the Transactions in Bengal ; Ironside's Narrative of the Military Transactions in Bengal in 1760 1 ; Verelst's English Government in Bengal ; some numbers of the Asiatic Annual Register ; Kindersley's Letters ; and Scrafton's Letters ; and, for the earlier period that displaying the period immediately preceding and following the dawn of genius the recently written extracts from the Madras records by Mr... Continue reading book >>

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