Frankly speaking, most of the history written from the minds of Indians depict British as the brutal enemy. I am very tired of this view, as an Indian, I wanted to know any book depicting British rule in India from a British point of view.

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    – Kerry L
    Oct 2, 2018 at 15:31
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    Anything by Kipling?
    – Tomas By
    Oct 2, 2018 at 15:45
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    "From the eyes of the British" is a confusing term since the actions of the East India Company were condemned severely by many including Adam Smith. You'll have to narrow it down to which section of British society you are talking about preferably including their political leanings.
    – user25794
    Oct 2, 2018 at 16:04
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    @Rahul - since the only qualifier in the question was that the source be British, I would suggest that Adam Smith would still be a valid choice (among others, in order to weigh all British viewpoints in balance).
    – Kerry L
    Oct 2, 2018 at 17:32
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    Besides Adam Smith, Edmund Burke also wrote about the EIC rule in India, in very unfavorable terms. Although, as far as I know, there are various essays and political speeches about India from him, but not an actual book.
    – Luiz
    Oct 2, 2018 at 19:02

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One widely-read book in this vein is British India by R. W. Frazer, 1918, which you can consult on archive.org. See specifically Chapter XVI, "Moral and Material Progress Under British Rule".


I very much enjoyed Indian society and the making of the British Empire by Christopher Bayly, published in 1988.

It is my understanding that this book has been somewhat influential in academic circles. It seems to be available in LibGen if that is legal in your country

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