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The 1689 Mughal Siege of East India Company Bombay: Crisis and Historical Erasure
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5917-3390
2017 (English)In: History Workshop Journal, ISSN 1363-3554, E-ISSN 1477-4569, Vol. 84, p. 149-169Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Sidi Yakut Khan's 1689-90 siege of Bombay was the final act in the First Anglo-Mughal War, started by the English East India Company in the mid 1680s in an attempt to improve its terms of trade. The siege has previously been little studied, and this essay outlines the main events and uses them to discuss some of the challenges the Company faced both in India and in England. The siege and the humiliating peace terms which resulted from it reflected badly on the competence of the Company's servants, the loyalty of its soldiery (many of whom ended up deserting over to Sidi Yakut Khan), and the viability of its monopoly trading model. Consequently Company directors back in England, already under fire from the new regime of William and Mary, tried with a fair degree of success to cover up or minimize what had happened at Bombay. Recovering that largely forgotten story highlights the precarious nature of early modern English settlements in India while also suggesting the need to view English trading ventures in a more Asia-centred context than is typically done.

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OXFORD UNIV PRESS , 2017. Vol. 84, p. 149-169
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-336830DOI: 10.1093/hwj/dbx034ISI: 000412297300008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-336830DiVA, id: diva2:1167559
Available from: 2017-12-19 Created: 2017-12-19 Last updated: 2017-12-19Bibliographically approved

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