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The East India Company : trade and conquest from 1600

Author: Antony Wild
Publisher: New York : Lyons Press, 2000, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st Lyons Press edView all editions and formats
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Established by Royal Charter in 1600, the East India Company was the largest and most powerful multinational business the world has ever seen. It controlled over half the world's trade and a quarter of its population. It singlehandedly ruled India, raised its own army and navy, minted its own currency, and traded with every corner of the globe. It also trafficked in opium, greed, and brutal oppression, sowing the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Antony Wild
ISBN: 1585740594 9781585740598
OCLC Number: 43938208
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 191 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps, ports. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
Contents: Chapter I Origins 8 --
Chapter II First Steps in India 18 --
Chapter III The Spice Islands and Japan 26 --
Chapter IV The Company in China 34 --
Chapter V The Indian Presidencies 50 --
Chapter VI Company at Home 60 --
Chapter VII Company Overland and Sea 74 --
Chapter VIII The Company in the East 84 --
Chapter IX Fortunes 92 --
Chapter X East Meets West 102 --
Chapter XI Life under the Company Raj 122 --
Chapter XII Company at War 130 --
Chapter XIII Company goes West 142 --
Chapter XIV Company at Work, Rest and Play 150 --
Chapter XV Consolidation 162 --
Chapter XVI Company in Trouble 170 --
Chapter XVII Company Out 180.
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Established by Royal Charter in 1600, the East India Company was the largest and most powerful multinational business the world has ever seen. It controlled over half the world's trade and a quarter of its population. It singlehandedly ruled India, raised its own army and navy, minted its own currency, and traded with every corner of the globe. It also trafficked in opium, greed, and brutal oppression, sowing the seeds that would lead to its downfall--and absorption by the British Crown. This book describes how "the Honourable Company" created its extraordinary trading empire; how it conducted its day-to-day business at home and in the East; how the opulent daily life of East India Company rulers amongst the ruled led to "the Mutiny"; and why India's first war of independence spelled an end not only to the company itself, but, eventually, to an empire.--From publisher description.

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