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The Company in crisis

Created: 05.09.11

The East India Company took control of vast areas of India, expanding inland from the mid-1700s. Its methods of rule and their consequences were sharply criticized by some in Britain, and were deeply resented by millions of Indians.

Violent rebellion in India in 1857, and the bloody repression that followed, brought the Company to its knees. In the wake of these events, the British government abolished the Company in 1858. Britain then governed India until independence in 1947.

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