History of Indian Civilization, Lec 23; UCLA, Lecture of 5 March 2013. Some further thoughts on Aurangzeb; the death of Aurangzeb and the fragmentation of the Mughal Empire; the resistance to Aurangzeb from Shivaji, leader of the Marathas. In the second half of the class, we consider the coming of the British, and the East India Company’s activities in India; growth of the Company. Significance of the coming of the Europeans to India. What enabled the British to rule India for that long? What were their claims? Theory of Oriental Despotism; direct and indirect line; and so on.
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