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The East India Company: the world’s most powerful corporation

Roy, Tirthankar (2012) The East India Company: the world’s most powerful corporation. The story of Indian business. Allen Lane, Penguin Books India, New Delhi, India. ISBN 9780670085071

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For over 200 years; the East India Company was the largest and most powerful mercantile firm in Britain and Asia. Set up to procure Asian goods for British consumers; the Company’s business network spanned Persia; India; China; Indonesia and North America. In the late 1700s; its career took a dramatic turn as the Company lost ground as a trading firm; but founded an empire in India. Why did a merchant firm end up being an empire builder? Why did politics mesh so closely with the conduct of business in this time?This new account of the East India Company answers these questions by taking a fresh look at the world of Indian business. The story fits together many pieces of a vast jigsaw puzzle; and shows how trading in India changed the Company—and how the Company changed Indian business. Indeed; it is for the first time that the Company’s story is told from the perspective of Indian business history.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2012 Allen Lane
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
JEL classification: N - Economic History > N8 - Micro-Business History > N85 - Asia including Middle East
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2012 13:19
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2021 23:05

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