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The Business of Empire: The East India Company and Imperial Britain, 1756-1833

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This volume is the first detailed study of what happened in Britain when the East India Company acquired a vast territorial empire in South Asia. Drawing on a mass of hitherto unused material contained in the Company's administrative and financial records, the book offers a reconstruction of the inner workings of the Company as it made the remarkable transition from busine ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 30th 2008 by Cambridge University Press (first published December 21st 2001)
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Cory
Jul 15, 2015 Cory rated it it was ok
The book, while written on an interesting topic, manages to get at very few of the interesting questions while simultaneously taking a very British-centric view of the Company. In fact, aside from a small remark about the Company cutting weavers' wages, Indians and Company policy toward them hardly feature in the book at all.

The book has access to interesting data (e.g. records of stockholders) and historical records (e.g. reports) but does very little to get into the most interesting questions
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