History of the French in India: From the Founding of Pondichery in 1674 to the Capture of that Place in 1761

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 16, 2010 - History - 610 pages
This work of 1868 is a revised and expanded version of a series of articles contributed by G. B. Malleson (1825-1898) to the Calcutta Review. The author served in India for thirty years from 1847, retiring finally with the honorary rank of major-general. Drawing on his wealth of first-hand experience of Anglo-Indian military history, he wrote prolifically and with an accessible, vigorous style. This work on the history of the French in India from 1674 to 1761 reassesses the career and contribution of Joseph François Dupleix and other major figures in this period of the Franco-Indian empire. He sees the decline in French power as the result of a few extremely able persons being let down by their mother-country's lack of support. In this he contrasts the French with the English in terms of their Indian colonial history.
 

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Contents

CHAP PAGE I The Early French in India
1
The Perpetual Company of the Indies
39
The Rise of the French Power in India
62
La Bourdonnais and Dupleix
127
The First Struggle in the Carnatic
186
French India at its Zenith
227
The Struggles of Dupleix with Adversity
277
Bussy to 1754
338
The Fall of Dupleix
375
Godeheu and de Leyrit
420
Chandernagore and the Dekkan
451
The Last Struggle for Empire
492
Index
569
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