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The East India Company and the Natural World (Palgrave Studies in World Environmental History)
The East India Company and the Natural World is the first work to explore the deep and lasting impacts of the largest colonial trading company, the British East India Company, on the natural environment. The EIC both contributed to and recorded environmental change during the first era of globalization. From the small island of St Helena in the South Atlantic, the Indian ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 2nd 2014 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published November 5th 2014)
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Given the single-minded purpose of the East India Company, it is hardly surprising that it should put everything in service of its profits -- everything. I am only now learning the full contours of its terrible legacy: the millions dead of famine in Bengal, the industries destroyed, the conflict fomented, the culture and knowledge denigrated, the uprisings horribly put down. Impossible to summarise the damage that transformed Bengal from one of the wealthiest regions to one of the poorest or ...more