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Working Paper


Professor John Hall

Journal of Economic Literature Classification Codes

N45, N75, N95

Key Words

Colonialism, Britain, Bourgeoisie, Government, India, Karl Marx, Taxes


This inquiry seeks to establish that Karl Marx offers a penetrating understanding of British colonialism in India. Marx emphasizes that England essentially leveled the entire foundation of Indian society, separating India from its ancient traditions and history, destroying the basis for the regions agriculture, and undermining their manufacturing industries. The Court of Directors, under the authorization of the Crown, appointed the government of India. The administration allocated the country to the highest bidder, cost Indian citizens large sums of money each year, and perpetuated its abuses. Furthermore, the system of taxation was onerous and more oppressive than any other in the world, causing a state of dejection and unmitigated impoverishment.


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