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Response to Review of Edmund Burke and the British Empire in the West Indies: Wealth, Power, and Slavery

I am very grateful to Natalie Zacek both for her careful and thorough summary of my book and for her generosity towards my scholarly endeavours, which I much appreciate. In responding to her, I wish to make one preliminary point. She reviews the book, as she is perfectly entitled to do, from the standpoint ofContinue reading “Response to Review of Edmund Burke and the British Empire in the West Indies: Wealth, Power, and Slavery”

Response to Review no. 184

I am very grateful indeed to Dr Wilson for the generous comments that he makes about this volume and for the many interesting points that appear in his review. I would like to point out at the outset that Jon Wilson’s recently completed Oxford D. Phil thesis, ‘Governing Property, Making Law. Land, Local Society andContinue reading “Response to Review no. 184”

A European Experience of the Mughal Orient: The I’jaz-i Arsalani (Persian Letters, 1773-1779) of Antoine-Louis-Henri Polier

Antoine-Louis-Henri Polier was a Swiss Protestant of French descent who served in the army of the British East India Company. The major part of his service was in northern India, beyond the area under formal British control. There he immersed himself deeply in Indian society as he pursued a career which involved him closely withContinue reading “A European Experience of the Mughal Orient: The I’jaz-i Arsalani (Persian Letters, 1773-1779) of Antoine-Louis-Henri Polier”

England’s Colonial Wars 1550-1688 / Britain’s Colonial Wars 1688-1783

Colonial wars are defined in these two vigorously iconoclastic books as ‘episodes of violence associated with the establishment of . dominions (usually but not always overseas), trading supremacies on oceanic routes, and plantations or colonies; as well as the subsequent struggles between European states and their rival subjects for control of or access to suchContinue reading “England’s Colonial Wars 1550-1688 / Britain’s Colonial Wars 1688-1783”

England’s Colonial Wars 1550-1688 / Britain’s Colonial Wars 1688-1783

Colonial wars are defined in these two vigorously iconoclastic books as 'episodes of violence associated with the establishment of . dominions (usually but not always overseas), trading supremacies on oceanic routes, and plantations or colonies; as well as the subsequent struggles between European states and their rival subjects for control of or access to suchContinue reading “England’s Colonial Wars 1550-1688 / Britain’s Colonial Wars 1688-1783”