Anglo-French relations in India 1787–1794 in the mirror of governor-generals of British India sources
Source document: Studia historica Brunensia. 2017, vol. 63, iss. 2, pp. 5-22
ISSN1803-7429 (print)2336-4513 (online)
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The study is devoted to the Anglo-French relations in India during the French Revolution, specifically in the years 1787–1794. The author in the introduction recapitulates historiography devoted to the impacts that the French Revolution had in European territorial possessions in India and the Indian Ocean. It refers to dominantly used to date the French sources stored in the National Archives in Paris, and especially the National Archives of Overseas Territories in Aix-en-Provence. On the basis of this analysis, and referring to sources from the office of Governor-Generals of the Presidency of Fort William in Calcutta untapped until now, he tries to reconstruct the Anglo-French relations in this area. In introduction he describes the political situation in India after the American War of Independence and the genesis of the French Company for India and China, the main partner of the British side in the observed period. On the basis of relevant documents analysis he defines two subsequent phases of mutual Anglo-French relationship: the period of friendship, business partnership and mutual assistance, which the French Revolution only disrupted to a limited extent (1786–1792) and the period of hostility after the French declared war on the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, which, however, for France in India brought about nothing but loss of important trading colonies (1793–1794).