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Author Dalrymple, William, author.

Title The anarchy : the relentless rise of the East India Company / William Dalrymple ; [maps and illustrations, Olivia Fraser].

Publication Info. New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.
2 holds on first copy returned of 1 copy


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    954.031 DAL    DUE 05-03-21 Billed
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Description xxxv, 522 pages, 48 unnumbers pages of plates : illustrations, (chiefly color), maps, portraits ; 25 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (407-496) and index.
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 on small office, five windows wide, and answerable only to its distant shareholders.-- Dust jacket flap.
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.
Subject 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.
Added Author Fraser, Olivia, 1965- illustrator.
Added Title Relentless rise of the East India Company
ISBN 9781635573954

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