Keay, John.

The honourable company : a history of the English East India Company / Honorable company. History of the English East India Company. John Keay. - Paperback edition. - xx, 475 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 457-464) and index.

Part one: A quiet trade 1600-1640 -- Part two: Fluctuating fortunes 1640-1710 -- Part three: A territorial power 1710-1760 --Part four: a parting of ways 1760-1820 --Bibliography -- Index.

"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."--

9780007431557 (pbk.) Rs599.00 0006380727

East India Company.
East India Company.


Great Britain--Commerce--India.
India--Commerce--Great Britain.
Great Britain.

DS465 / .K43 1991 CB311 / .R43 1993

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