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"The man on Earth i should dread as an Enemy". The Administration of Thomas Saunders during the War in the Deccan (1750-1755)
Journal Title: SOCIETÀ E STORIA  
Author/s: Elena Valdameri 
Year:  2012 Issue: 135 Language: Italian 
Pages:  36 Pg. 5-40 FullText PDF:  546 KB
DOI:  10.3280/SS2012-135002
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This paper deals with the political action of Thomas Saunders, functionary of the East India Company and Governor of Madras during a period of crucial importance for the future of the British presence in India. The author argues that Saunders, generally underestimated by the scholars, actually covered a key role in the Carnatic war and was able to oppose the French hegemonic plans with tenacity and promptness, understanding its dangerousness. Bereft of a well-structured project of conquest and to some degree still tied to the mentality of a trading agent, Saunders can be considered as a transitional figure between the mercantile colonialism and the informal colonialism: convicted that the supremacy strategy which he adopted was only motivated by the Anglo-Franco-Indian war and to give up at the end of the contest, the Governor of Madras could not go as far as Robert Clive, the famous conqueror of Bengal.
Keywords: India, Saunders, colonialism, Carnatic wars, East India Company, Anglo- French Rivalry

Elena Valdameri, in "SOCIETÀ E STORIA " 135/2012, pp. 5-40, DOI:10.3280/SS2012-135002


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