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The finances of the East India Company in India, c. 1766-1859

London School of Economics and Political Science
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Working Papers No. 153/11 The Finances of the East India Company in India, c. 1766-1859 . John F. Richards © John F. Richards August 2011 Department of Economic History London School of Economics Houghton Street London, WC2A 2AE Tel: +44 (0) 20 7955 7860 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7955 7730 The Finances of the East India Company in India, c. 1766-1859 John F. Richards Foreword The following pages contain a list of tables that John F. Richards (1938-2007) had compiled in preparation for a major work on the fiscal history of India during the transition from Mughal to British rule in the region. The longer work that these tables were expected to feed into could not be completed in his lifetime, but Richards did complete a shorter text on the subject, which is being published as a chapter in Bartolome Yun Casalilla and Patrick O’Brien, eds., The Rise of Fiscal States in Eurasia. A Global History (Cambridge, forthcoming). The chapter is accompanied by a set of charts and graphs. Much of the original datasets that these charts are based on can be found in this paper. Richards, a long-time member of the history faculty of Duke University, Durham, USA, was a leading scholar of Mughal India. His research interest encompassed the political and economic history of early modern India seen in the context of a changing world economy, and diversified towards environmental history in the 1990s, again with a significant Indian component in it. A select list of publications should include Mughal Administration in Golconda (Oxford, 1975); The Mughal Empire (Cambridge, 1993); The Unending Frontier: An Environmental History of the Early Modern World (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 2003); ‘Early Moder

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