Robert Clive and The East India Company Comparison Essay by Top Papers

Robert Clive and The East India Company
An exploration of the towering personality of eighteenth-century East India Company Commander Robert Clive.
# 132651 | 2,000 words | 0 sources | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Business (International) , History (Asian) , Asian Studies (General)

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This paper explores the towering personality of eighteenth-century East India Company Commander Robert Clive and how his forceful personality - combined with questionable ethics - both established the East India Company as the de facto ruler of North-East India, and concomitantly undermined the legitimacy of the regional Nawab's while also transforming Indian society in ways that created anger and resentment among Indians. In conclusion, the dominant personality of Robert Clive built the foundations for the East India Company's domination of India at the same time as the absence of a Robert Clive figure in China spared that nation subordination until the next century.

From the Paper:

"To close, this paper has looked at the impact of Sir Robert Clive upon India and upon the actions of the East India Sea Company in the eighteenth century; the paper has also shown how the Chinese were able to secure great autonomy for themselves for many years because either the absence of a European figure of comparable stature to Clive - or because India was seen as a more compelling target by European imperialists. In any case, the history of India is a cautionary tale about what can happen when highly ambitious and cynical individuals acquire positions of power over vulnerable peoples."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Evans, John C. Tea in China: The History of China's National Drink. New York: Greenwood Press, 1992.
  • Lawson, Philip. The East India Company: A History. London: Longman, 1993. 25 Mar. 2006 <>
  • Malcolm, Sir J. The Life of Robert, Lord Clive: Collected from the Family Papers Communicated by the Earl of Powis, vol. II. London: no publisher provided, 1836.
  • Marshall, Peter. Bengal: The British Bridgehead, Eastern India, 1740-1828. Oxford: Cambridge University Press.

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