The East India Company: The original corporate raiders

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The East India Company: The original corporate raiders

An excellent long-read from historian William Dalrymple, on how the East India Company used opportunism, violence and gross corruption to transform from six permanent staff working out of its owner’s house to a behemoth corporation with a 260,000-strong private security force, whose head profited personally to the tune of £23m in today’s money.

  Guest curated by John Burn-Murdoch

From Weekly Filet #198, in March 2015.

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