The East India Company: A History

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The following bibliography covers all sources used in the text. It includes a section on printed primary documents and then another on secondary sources covering books, articles and theses. Though not cited directly in this study for reasons of space and accessibility, the manuscript sources for the study of the East India Company are voluminous. The majority are located in the India Office, Waterloo, London -- a branch of the British Library. For those interested in pursuing this avenue of investigation into the Company's past, there is a very good reference tool by Martin Moir, entitled A General Guide to the India Office Records ( British Library Publications, London, 1989).

For those looking for official documentation that is already in print the magnificent series of volumes by Madden and Fieldhouse, Select Documents, listed in the first part of the bibliography, is invaluable for presenting the official view of eastern enterprise. In terms of the Company's history in the early period to 1750 the work of Professor K.N. Chaudhuri is necessary reading. His studies referred to below, specifically The English East India Company and The Trading World of Asia, present the statistical details and a global context to the development of the Company that is quite unique. For the later period the work of three or four scholars stands above the rest for basic information. Professor Peter Marshall, whose career has been devoted to bringing a deeper knowledge and understanding of British India to a wide readership, is absolutely required reading. Professor Marshall has opened many of the debates that dominate the field of Anglo-Indian history today, especially his essays, "British Expansion in India" and "Empire and Authority", and he is still pioneering a greater


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