The Honourable Company (Google eBook)

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HarperCollins UK, Jul 8, 2010 - History - 496 pages
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A history of the English East India company.

During 200 years the East India Company grew from a loose association of Elizabethan tradesmen into "the grandest society of merchants in the universe". As a commercial enterprise it came to control half the world's trade and as a political entity it administered an embryonic empire. Without it there would have been no British India and no British Empire. In a tapestry ranging from Southern Africa to north-west America, and from the reign of Elizabeth I to that of Victoria, bizarre locations and roguish personality abound. From Bombay to Singapore and Hong Kong the political geography of today is, in some respects, the result of the Company. This book looks at the history of the East India Company.

  

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Review: The Honourable Company: a History of the English East India Company

User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

Very rich in detail but ultimately too dry for me. I found myself skimming more and more the further I got into it, and I will note that the three-star rating is more about my enjoyment of the book ... Read full review

Review: The Honourable Company: a History of the English East India Company

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Well written narrative with some pretty interesting anecdotes Read full review

Contents

This Frothy Nation
24
Pleasant and Fruitfull Lands
52
Jarres and Brabbles
72
The Keye of All India
90
FLUCTUATING FORTUNES
109
A seat of Power and Trade
130
Fierce Engageings
148
Renegades and Rivals
169
Outposts of Effrontery
240
One Mans Pirate
255
The Germ of an Army
271
The Famous Two Hundred Days
296
A PARTING OF THE WAYS
329
The Transfer of Power
362
Too Loyal Too Faithful
392
Tea Trade Versus Free Trade
421

Eastern approaches
193
The Dark
219
Epilogue
450
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

John Keay is the author of four acclaimed histories: 'The Honourable Company', 'Last Post', about the imperial disengagement of the Far East; the two-volume 'Explorers of the Western Himalayas' and 'India: A History'. His books on India include 'India Discovered', 'Into India' and 'The Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale of How India was Mapped and Everest was Named'. John Keay is married with four children, lives in Scotland and is co-editor with Julia Keay of the 'Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland'.

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