The Anarchy

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

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From the bestselling author of Return of a King, 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.

The Anarchy tells one of history's most remarkable stories: how the Mughal Empire-which dominated world trade and manufacturing and possessed almost unlimited resources-fell apart and was replaced by a multinational corporation based thousands of miles overseas, and answerable to shareholders, most of whom had never even seen India and no idea about the country whose wealth was providing their dividends. Using previously untapped sources, Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before and provides a portrait of the devastating results from the abuse of corporate power.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 576 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 48.26mm | 1,065.94g
  • New York
  • English
  • 1635573955
  • 9781635573954
  • 308

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"[An] expert account of the rise of the first great multinational corporation." --Kirkus Reviews

"Brilliant. . . . The fullest and most powerful description of the West's first encounter with Afghan society." --The New York Times Book Review on RETURN OF A KING

"Magnificent. . . . [Dalrymple's] histories read like novels. . . . This latest book delights and shocks." --The Wall Street Journal on RETURN OF A KING

"Masterful. . . . Dalrymple makes an important contribution by including recently discovered Afghan accounts of the war." --The Washington Post on RETURN OF A KING

"In Return of a King, Dalrymple has done again what he did magnificently for two other telling episodes of British imperial history in White Mughals (2002) and The Last Mughal (2006). . . . Dalrymple has a narrative gift." --The Huffington Post
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About William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple is the author of nine books about India and the Islamic world, including Return of a King, which won the Hemingway Award and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson, PEN Hessell-Tiltman, and Duff Cooper Prizes. He writes regularly for the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, and the Guardian and is one of the founders and a codirector of the Jaipur Literature Festival.
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