Posted on: 26 June 2019

New Book Release:
The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire
By William Dalrymple
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing on 10 September 2019

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In August 1765 the East India Company defeated and captured the young Mughal emperor and forced him to set up in his richest provinces a new government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a vast and ruthless private army.

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 corporation. In less than half a century it had trained up a private security force of around 260,000 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 relentlessly 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 and answerable only to its 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.

Three hundred and fifteen years after its founding, with a corporate Mogul now sitting in the White House, the story of the East India Company has never been more current.

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Present Global Empire has its HQ at Wall Street/Central London and NOT in White House.

The World’s most magnificent empire wasn’t so magnificent when the Company came in! Also the magnificence remain limited to the nobles and aristocracy even during their peak time.

This shift from ‘magnificent empire’ to blaming the corporate is very interesting. 🙄

I don’t know what the reference to White House is? Dalrymple refers to British Empire and USA should not be in the picture!

Lakshmi Prasad Jonnalagadda

I’d rather have a president in the White House that was rich before he got there ( as some where), than the ones that somehow became rich while they were there! ( too many!) you had me for the book till that shot.

Siddharth Singh Arya

Subrata Beura

Your comparison is apples and bananas. President is elected

Michael Limberger -> interessant boek, de moeite waard om kritisch te bespreken (want ik betwijfel of de parallellen met hedendaagse 'corporate culture' wel opgaan)