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Publisher Description

Finalist for the Cundill History Prize



ONE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR



NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY The Wall Street Journal and NPR



"Superb … A vivid and richly detailed story … worth reading by everyone." -The New York Times Book Review



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.



Bronze Medal in the 2020 Arthur Ross Book Award

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2019
September 10
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
544
Pages
PUBLISHER
Bloomsbury Publishing
SELLER
Bookwire Gesellschaft zum Vertrieb digitaler Medien mbH
SIZE
101
MB

Customer Reviews

wynbee ,

Anarchy

Insightful exposition of the conventional history of the British colonization of India, with important lessons for the modern world. Extremely well researched with a wealth of details about politics and life in 18th century India. But you do need to be a bit of a history buff to get through it!

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