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A novice from the court of St James

"Courting India" details the early stage of the British-India encounter, with a vivid account of the mission from the court of James I, offering insights into the complexities of trade in that era

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Sanjay Kumar Singh
Courting India: England, Mughal India and The Origins of Empire
Author: Nandini Das
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 480
Price: Rs 580

The British built a powerful empire in India. But the start of their engagement with this country definitely didn’t augur much success. Nandini Das’s Courting India, which describes the incipient stage of the British-India encounter (coinciding with Mughal emperor Jahangir’s reign), paints the picture of a rather shambolic start.

Ms Das is a professor of Early Modern Literature and Culture in the English faculty at the University of Oxford. 

The British entered India and South-east Asia trade late; it was the Portuguese and

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First Published: Apr 24 2023 | 9:50 PM IST

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