In Search of Sepoys: Indian Soldiers and the Dutch East India Company in India and Sri Lanka, 1760-1795

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Abstract

Unlike the French and English India, the Dutch East India Company did not shift to recruiting predominantly Indian soldier personnel for service in India, sepoys, from the 1740s onwards. Although Dutch Company (VOC) remained much more reliant on European recruitment, it did in fact also recruit sepoys in India. These soldiers remain little noted in the sources and the historical record. This article will explain why the VOC did not follow the French and English lead. The VOC’s late acceptance of sepoys as full-time soldiers meant it could not effectively compete with either French or English companies in India.
Original languageEnglish
JournalWar in History
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 09 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • Military History
  • Dutch East India Company
  • East India Company (EIC)
  • labour history
  • soldiers
  • recruitment
  • India
  • Sri Lanka
  • war

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