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Zoom lectures presented by The British in India Historical Trust. This month's speaker is RODERICK MATTHEWS.

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PEACE, POVERTY AND BETRAYAL: A NEW HISTORY OF BRITISH INDIA
Roderick Matthews
How can we explain Britain’s long rule in India? Not by ‘divide and rule’ but by ‘oblige and rule’: the foundation of common purpose between colonisers and powerful Indians. Roderick Matthews argues that this was more a state of being than a system: British policy was never clear or consistent; the East India Company went from a manifestly incompetent ruler to arguably the world’s first liberal government; among British and Indians alike there were both progressive and conservative attitudes to colonisation. It was this very diversity and ambiguity of British-Indian relations that drove the social changes that led to the struggle for independence.
Roderick Matthews is the author of Peace, Poverty and Betrayal: A New History of British India (Hurst 2021). He studied history at Balliol College, Oxford, and is a freelance writer specialising in Indian history and politics. His other books include Jinnah vs. Gandhi.
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General Admission to this lecture and the three others listed at the foot of this page. This 'all four lectures' ticket is available for purchase until 14 December and can bought on the booking page for 'Ruling the Savage Periphery'. Select the green 'Tickets' button and you will find the 'All four lectures' ticket listed there: £20

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‘This brave and intelligent book will satisfy neither empire loyalists nor today’s rabid nationalists, which is all the more reason to applaud its author and relish the clarity of his analysis.’ — John Keay, Literary Review
‘Matthews explores with great delicacy and intelligence… how Britain became itself, at home, more liberal and democratic, while, as an imperial power, becoming the opposite.’ — A. N. Wilson, The Catholic Herald
‘A radical re-appraisal of British rule in India that challenges current thinking on colonialism in the subcontinent. Radical, because unlike recent books, particularly those on early 18th and 19th century India, it has some positive things to say about the English who entered the subcontinent as traders and left as rulers . . . This is a thoughtful, thought-provoking book with enough to keep the reader travelling through four centuries of our former relationship with India.’ — Rosie Llewellyn-Jones, Journal of Asian Affairs

Other lectures in the series

Tuesday 14 December
Wellington and the British Army's Indian Campaigns 1798-1805
Martin R. Howard
Tuesday 18 January
The Estate of Major General Claude Martin at Lucknow
Rosie Llewellyn-Jones
Tuesday 15 March
Ruling the Savage Periphery
Benjamin D. Hopkins
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The British in India Historical Trust is a small charity that promotes education in the history of the British in the Indian subcontinent (South Asia) from 1600 to 1947, and in other areas administered by or of interest to the East India Company and the Crown, by running online lectures and awarding prizes for excellence in non-fiction historical writing.

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