The Corporation That Changed the World

The Corporation That Changed the World : How the East India Company Shaped the Modern Multinational

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This is a popular history of one of the world's most famous companies. Founded in 1600, the East India Company was the forerunner of the modern multinational. Starting life as a trader in Asian spices, the Company ended its days running Britain's Indian empire. In the process, it shocked its contemporaries with the scale of its violence, corruption and speculation.This is the first-ever book to expose the Company's social record. Robins reveals a hidden story of tragedy and intrigue. War, famine, stock-market bubbles and even duels between rival executives are all to be found in this new account. For Robins, the Company's legacy provides compelling lessons on how to ensure the accountability of today's global more

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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 2.54mm | 453.59g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745325246
  • 9780745325248

About Nick Robins

Nick Robins works in the City of London, running socially responsible investment funds for Henderson Global Investors. He is also associate editor of the environmental magazine Resurgence, and he works for Platform, an arts group focussing on issues of social and ecological justice. Over the last three years, he has written on the East India Company for the New Statesman, Resurgence, Down to Earth and Environment & more

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The book has been widely reviewed and the scholarship behind it has never been questioned. And - something that is not always the case with history books - it is certainly well written. -- Lloyd's List Elegantly written and sharply argued, Nick Robins' gripping account of the rise and fall of the English East India Company brings to life a crucial episode in the history of globalization. -- Sankar Muthu, Assistant Professor of Politics, Princeton University A powerful analysis of the rise and fall of the British East India Company, a private company that conquered a subcontinent and subjugated an entire people. -- Huw Bowen, Professor of Imperial and Maritime History at the University of Leicester [This] will become a classic. -- Simon Zadek, Chief Executive, AccountAbility A magnificent book about the father and mother of all companies. ... Everyone who studies corporate power and structure must read this well-written account. -- Gordon Roddick, Chairman Emeritus of The Body Shop, co-founder of the Big Issue and Human Rights activistshow more

Table of contents

Lists of Figures, Maps and Illustrations 1 Introduction 2 The Hidden Wound 3 The Greatest Corporation in the World 4 Out of the Shadows 5 The Bengal Revolution 6 The Great East Indian Crash 7 Regulating the Company 8 Justice will be Done 9 A Mercantile Sovereign 10 Unfinished Business Acknowledgements Referencesshow more

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