The Anarchy

The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire

Ranked #42 in Economic History, Ranked #52 in Indiansee more rankings.

The story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country.

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.

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...

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Andrew Adonis Anyone who thinks there’s much good to say about the British Empire should read @DalrympleWill’s brilliant book on the East India Company. A long tale of plunder, extortion, war & murder Maybe the ‘dominions’ are different, but not for indigenous peoples of Australia & N Zealand (Source)

Carl Malamud @jamie_love I have. Wonderful book. (Source)

Ken Juster Great to welcome renowned author @DalrympleWill to #RooseveltHouse. Excellent discussion with this warm and thoughtful writer about his new book “The Anarchy,” which broadens our understanding of India’s complex history. #CulturalDiplomacy (Source)

Murtaza Mohammad Hussain Reading @DalrympleWill's most recent book on the East India Company it was fascinating to learn how many high-ranking Armenians there were in the Mughal administration. Some limited mention in this article but deserves more study: (Source)

Saad Mohseni William Dalrymple is one the best storytellers of our time. His new book about the east India company is impossible to put down. A must read about the pillaging of a nation (Source)

Samarjeet Narayan A great Book How British Looted Us (Source)

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