The loss of the American colonies in 1783 deprived Great Britain of what was seen as the jewel of the Empire, and heralded the end of the First British Empire. But India soon came to replace North America as the jewel. This lecture will look at the first inroads by the East India Company, at the conquest of India from France and from the Indians themselves, and at the unusual way in which it was governed.

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