The anarchy : the relentless rise of the East India Company /

by Dalrymple, William [author.]; Fraser, Olivia [illustrator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.Description: xxxv, 522 pages, 48 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, (chiefly color), maps, portraits ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781635573954; 1635573955.Other title: Relentless rise of the East India Company.Subject(s): East India Company -- History | India -- History -- British occupation, 1765-1947 | International business enterprises -- Great Britain -- History | International business enterprises -- Government policy -- Great Britain | India -- Economic conditions | History
Contents:
1599 -- An offer he could not refuse -- Sweeping with the broom of plunder -- A prince of little capacity -- Bloodshed and confusion -- Racked by famine -- The desolation of Delhi -- The impeachment of Warren Hastings -- The corpse of India.
Summary: In August 1756 the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and forced him to establish in his richest provinces a new administration run by English merchants who collected taxes through means of a ruthless private army--what we would now call an act of involuntary privatization. The East India Company's founding charter authorized it to "wage war" and it had always used violence to gain its ends. But the creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional international trading corporation dealing in silks and spices and became something much more unusual: an aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multinational business. In less than four decades it had trained up a security force of around 200,000 men--twice the size of the British army--and had subdued an entire subcontinent, conquering first Bengal and finally, in 1803, the Mughal capital of Delhi itself. The Company's reach stretched until almost all of India south of the Himalayas was effectively ruled from a boardroom in London. The Anarchy tells the remarkable story of how one of the world's most magnificent empires disintegrated and came to be replaced by a dangerously unregulated private company, based thousands of miles overseas in one small office, five windows wide, and answerable only to its distant shareholders. In his most ambitious and riveting book to date, William Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power. -- Dust jacket flap.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p> ONE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR <br> <br> NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY The Wall Street Journal and NPR<br> <br> "Superb ... A vivid and richly detailed story ... worth reading by everyone." -- The New York Times Book Review <br> <br> From the bestselling author of Return of a King , the story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country. <br> <br> In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and set up, in his place, a government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a private army.<br> <br> The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional company and became something much more unusual: an international corporation transformed into an aggressive colonial power. Over the course of the next 47 years, the company's reach grew until almost all of India south of Delhi was effectively ruled from a boardroom in the city of London.<br> <br> The Anarchy tells one of history's most remarkable stories: how the Mughal Empire--which dominated world trade and manufacturing and possessed almost unlimited resources--fell apart and was replaced by a multinational corporation based thousands of miles overseas, and answerable to shareholders, most of whom had never even seen India and no idea about the country whose wealth was providing their dividends. Using previously untapped sources, Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before and provides a portrait of the devastating results from the abuse of corporate power.</p>

Includes bibliographical references (407-496) and index.

In August 1756 the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and forced him to establish in his richest provinces a new administration run by English merchants who collected taxes through means of a ruthless private army--what we would now call an act of involuntary privatization. The East India Company's founding charter authorized it to "wage war" and it had always used violence to gain its ends. But the creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional international trading corporation dealing in silks and spices and became something much more unusual: an aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multinational business. In less than four decades it had trained up a security force of around 200,000 men--twice the size of the British army--and had subdued an entire subcontinent, conquering first Bengal and finally, in 1803, the Mughal capital of Delhi itself. The Company's reach stretched until almost all of India south of the Himalayas was effectively ruled from a boardroom in London. The Anarchy tells the remarkable story of how one of the world's most magnificent empires disintegrated and came to be replaced by a dangerously unregulated private company, based thousands of miles overseas in one small office, five windows wide, and answerable only to its distant shareholders. In his most ambitious and riveting book to date, William Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power. -- Dust jacket flap.

1599 -- An offer he could not refuse -- Sweeping with the broom of plunder -- A prince of little capacity -- Bloodshed and confusion -- Racked by famine -- The desolation of Delhi -- The impeachment of Warren Hastings -- The corpse of India.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Maps (p. ix)
  • Dramatis Personae (p. xiii)
  • Introduction (p. xxiii)
  • 1 1599 (p. 1)
  • 2 An Offer He Could Not Refuse (p. 59)
  • 3 Sweeping With the Broom of Plunder (p. 99)
  • 4 A Prince of Little Capacity (p. 137)
  • 5 Bloodshed and Confusion (p. 173)
  • 6 Racked by Famine (p. 215)
  • 7 The Desolation of Delhi (p. 259)
  • 8 The Impeachment of Warren Hastings (p. 307)
  • 9 The Corpse of India (p. 335)
  • Epilogue (p. 393)
  • Glossary (p. 399)
  • Notes (p. 407)
  • Bibliography (p. 469)
  • Image Credits (p. 497)
  • Index (p. 503)

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