Joseph-François Dupleix

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Statue of Marquis Dupleix - Pondicherry

Joseph-François, Marquis Dupleix (1697-1763) was Governor-general of the French East India Company's possessions. His ambition to make France dominant in the subcontinent brought him into conflict with the British in the 1st Carnatic War (1746-48) and the 2nd Carnatic War (1749-54). His great rival was Robert Clive. He fell from favour and was recalled to France where he died in obscurity.

External links

Joseph-Francois Dupleix Dictionary of Indian Biography (1906)
Joseph-Francois Dupleix Wikipedia

Historical books on-line

Rulers of India: Dupleix by Col G B Malleson CSI 1899 (
Private diary of Ananda Ranga Pillai, dubash to Joseph François Dupleix, a record of matters political, historical, social, and personal, from 1736 to 1761 published 1904 Volume 1, Volume 2 (
Dupleix by Col John Biddulph 1910 (
Dupleix and Clive, The Beginning of Empire by Henry Dodwell 1920 (Google Books)