The Honourable Company by John Keay

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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.

 

About John Keay

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John Keay's recent books include Sowing the Wind: the Mismanagement of the Middle East 1900-1960 and Last Post: The End of Empire in the Far East.
 
Published July 2, 2010 by HarperCollins. 496 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Travel, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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