The East India Company – How It Replaced An Empire & Lessons for Today’s World


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Coat of arms: East India Company


Dalrymple examines the transformation of East India company and points out it that should serve as a lesson for the present. He argues that “the East India Company – the first great multinational corporation, and the first to run amok – was the ultimate model for many of today’s joint-stock corporations.” He underscores that in today’s world there is a high risk of corporate power to be misused whether it is in India or in other parts of the world like the US or Europe.

Dalrymple is a prolific writer, who has written a clutch of books on different facets/aspects of British rule in India. His next book “The Anarchy: How a Corporation Replaced the Mughal Empire, 1756-1803,” is slated for publication in 2016.