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In Defence of British India
Great Britain in the Middle East, 1775–1842

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ISBN 9781032457482
May 3, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
258 Pages

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Book Description

In Defence of British India (1984) illustrates the problems arising from the British need to defend an Indian empire against the fluctuations in the European balance of power, preferably by isolating the empire from the European political system. The strategies devised by Britain to forestall and later to counter the expansion of European empires into the Middle East are known as the Great Game, which began in 1798 in response to the French invasion of Egypt. Later, the British planned an offensive in the Middle East itself as a means by which to defend their Indian empire.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. Great Britain’s Great Game: A Proposal  3. The End of the Spectre of the Overland Trade, 1775–1801  4. The Role of the Indian Army at the End of the Eighteenth Century  5. The Failure of British Sea Power in the War of the Second Coalition, 1798–1801  6. Towards Entanglement with Persia, 1799–1801  7. Lord Mulgrave’s Proposals for the Reconstruction of Europe in 1804  8. The Royal Navy at the Strait of Hormuz, 1807–1808  9. An Excursion to the Kingdom of Kabul, 1807–1809  10. Rules of the Great Game in Asia, 1798–1829  11. The Struggle over the Persian Mission, 1828–1835  12. Three Approaches to the Great Game in Asia

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Edward Ingram