The author believed that entitling the work as a history of India was not accurate and instead refers to it as India Under British Rule. He writes the history from 1600 to 1886 as it pertains to the East India Company in the country. India was not, in a legal sense, under British rule for that entire period. They were, however, under British influence as trade routes were established and demand for goods abroad changed the shape of India's economy. Anglophiles and Indian historians alike will find this inside history of the East India Company a valuable resource.