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MUGHALS AND MERCENARIES: GLOBALIZATION AS DELIBERATIVE RHETORICS OF RISK AND PRECARITY IN THE ENGLISH EAST INDIA COMPANY

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posted on 06.04.2021, 15:20 by Priya SirohiPriya Sirohi
Rhetorics of globalization are best understood through the concept of risk. This dissertation traces the history of contemporary globalization back to the encounters of the English East India Company (EIC) from the seventeenth through eighteenth centuries with foreign trading cultures through primary journals, records, and guidebooks. I also contrast the EIC approach with the sulh-i-kull approach of the Mughal Empire. I conclude that the EIC cultivated risk to override ethical considerations of the Other, invent the private sphere, and lay the bedrock of contemporary capitalism.

Funding

Patricia Sullivan Scholarship

Purdue Promise Grant - International

History

Degree Type

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

English

Campus location

West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Thomas Rickert

Additional Committee Member 2

Jennifer Bay

Additional Committee Member 3

Patricia Sullivan

Additional Committee Member 4

Aparajita Sagar