What is subsidiary alliance system ?

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What is subsidiary alliance system ?

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  1. Subsidiary Alliance was a system of alliances introduced by Lord Wellesley to increase British influence in the Indian states without actually annexing them. Such states virtually lost the right to self-defence of maintaining diplomatic relations of employing foreign experts and of settling disputes with their neighbours.

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    As per Wikipedia ” Subsidiary Alliance is a system of ruling a dominated nation. Lord Richard Wellesley introduced it in India in the 19th century. At that time, there were local rulers in India. The system worked as follows: The (ruling) British would enter into a contract with a local ruler. This ruler had to accept many conditions; among them was that he would only deal with the British, and no other European forces, that he would allow British forces in the territory he ruled, and that he would not declare war without asking the British first.”

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