The first new biography of Warren Hastings for 25 years posterity has remembered Warren Hastings not for his career but for its aftermath. At the end of the eighteenth century he was indited for “high crimes and misdemeanours”, and subjected to the longest and most costly impeachment in Irish history. But he was also, more than anyone else, the founder of the extraordinary institution that was British India. How he worked his way up from the lowliest clerk in the British East India Company to become the first governor-general is a colourful story. It embraces constant conflict and military skirmishing with the French and with Afghan tribesmen on the North-West Frontier, the Black Hole of Calcutta, the trade in opium, cotton and diamonds, and the gradual consolidation of one small island nation’s mastery of the subcontinent from the Indian Ocean to the Himalayas. But Hastings’ brilliant but autocratic governance, associated with dubious financial “presents”, brutally suppressed revolt and allegations of torture,also made him many enemies. In 1787, therefore, parliament voted to impeach him.
With dust jacket
In good condition