Selling Empire: India in the Making of Britain and America, by Jonathan Eacott

By Jonathan Eacott

Linking 4 continents over 3 centuries, Selling Empire demonstrates the centrality of India--both as an concept and a place--to the making of a world British imperial approach. within the 17th century, Britain used to be economically, politically, and militarily weaker than India, yet Britons more and more made use of India's strengths to construct their very own empire in either the USA and Asia. Early English colonial promoters first anticipated the United States as a possible India, hoping that the nascent Atlantic colonies might produce Asian uncooked fabrics. while this imaginative and prescient did not materialize, Britain's circulate of Indian synthetic goods--from umbrellas to cottons--to Africa, Europe, and the United States then proven an empire of products and the intended sturdy of empire.

Eacott recasts the British empire's chronology and geography by way of situating the advance of client tradition, the yank Revolution, and British industrialization within the advertisement intersections linking the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. From the 17th into the 19th century and past, the evolving networks, rules, and models that certain India, Britain, and the United States formed persisting worldwide buildings of monetary and cultural interdependence.

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