ISBN 9788121511117,The Merchant And The State: The French In India, 1666-1739, 2 Vols

The Merchant And The State: The French In India, 1666-1739, 2 Vols



Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt Ltd

Publication Year 2004

ISBN 9788121511117

ISBN-10 8121511119

Hard Back

Number of Pages 1103 Pages
Language (English)


This brief survey of the activities of the French East Indian Company in India, based principally on the unpublished factory records of the French archives, deals with their problems, their linkages with the Mercantile groups and their relation with the local rulers. Starting with their arrival at Surat in 1666, this study closes with the occupation of Delhi by Nadir Shah in 1739, which marks the changes of the attitude of the European powers including the French towards the Mughal Empire. However this work tries to give a total appraisal of the activities of the French and not their commerce only thus trying to understand the perception of the French in India, revealing in turn the changing Indian politico-economic situation. The fortune of the French in India declined from the end of the seventeenth century but considerably improved with the formation of another company in 1719. New factories were established at Mahe, Karikkal and Patna. By 1730s, the investment of the company touched the English investment in Bengal where the activities of Dupleix, narrated here from his unpublished private letters, shows the rising commerce and increasing aggressive attitude of the French.