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

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

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 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.

Title:The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire
Edition Language:English

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  • Petra-X

    "Corporations have neither bodies to be punished, nor souls to be condemned, they therefore do as they like." - British Lord Chancellor, Edward, First Baron Thurlow (1731-1806) You can't fine them eit...

  • Murtaza

    The question of how a relatively small group of Englishmen was able to subjugate the entire sprawling nation of India is a source of lasting disquiet. Like all of William Dalrymple's books, this histo...

  • Ashish Iyer

    Okay guys here is my longest review. To be honest I am not a fan of long reviews. Even if I come across any long reviews of my friends, I mostly ignore or just read 2 paragraphs. (I have huge respect ...

  • David Wineberg

    The story of the East India Company, nominally of London, is a huge, sprawling, fascinating and gripping collection of great stories. The stories are of wars, battles, heroes, cowards, lovers, fools, ...

  • Dmitri

    William Dalrymple tells how a single business operation replaced the Mughal empire to rule the Indian subcontinent. The East India Company was a first major multi-national corporation, and an early ex...

  • Marks54

    This is a history of the conquest of much of India by the British East India Company. It focuses on the period between the Battle of Plassey in 1757, which established control over Bengal, until the B...

  • Amitava Das

    This is another scholarly work of India’s colonial history , written with as much panache , passion and verve as I have come to expect from the finest living historian of colonial India , focusing o...

  • Justin

    ***I was granted an ARC of this via Netgalley from the publisher.***Imagine if a multinational corporation not only was a global leader in trade but also had at its beck and call an army which it used...

  • Paul Dembina

    I was under the impression this book was a history of the East India Company, but it's not really that. More a history of the rise of the Company against a backdrop of the shifting loyalties and machi...

  • Henri

    Dalrymple's writing is so vivid, every page is full of colour. This is not an exception from the rule at all. He manages to make every page accessible to the wider public without losing credibility po...