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Lecture – The Company Sword: The East India Company and the Politics of Militarism 1644-1858

1st November 2022

In the late eighteenth century it was a cliché that the East India Company ruled India ‘by the sword.’ This lecture shows how Indian and European soldiers shaped and challenged the Company’s political expansion and how elite officers turned those dynamics into a bid for ‘stratocracy’—a state dominated by its army.

Christina Welsch is the author of The Company’s Sword 1644-1858 (Cambridge University Press 2022). She is Associate Professor of History at the College of Wooster, Ohio.

Tuesday 15 November 6.30pm GMT (online lecture via Zoom)

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