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  • The Anarchy

  • The Relentless Rise of the East India Company
  • Von: William Dalrymple
  • Gesprochen von: Sid Sagar
  • Spieldauer: 15 Std. und 43 Min.
  • Ungekürztes Hörbuch
  • Kategorien: Geschichte, Asien
  • 4,4 out of 5 stars (47 Bewertungen)

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    Inhaltsangabe

    Bloomsbury presents The Anarchy by William Dalrymple, read by Sid Sagar.

    The top five sunday times best seller.

    One of Barack Obama's best books of 2019.

    Longlisted for The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2019.

    A Financial Times, Observer, Daily Telegraph, Wall Street Journal and Times book of the year.

    In August 1765 the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and forced him to establish in his richest provinces a new administration run by English merchants who collected taxes through means of a ruthless private army – what we would now call an act of involuntary privatisation.

    The East India Company’s founding charter authorised it to ‘wage war’ and it had always used violence to gain its ends. But the creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional international trading corporation dealing in silks and spices and became something much more unusual: an aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multinational business. In less than four decades it had trained up a security force of around 200,000 men – twice the size of the British army – and had subdued an entire subcontinent, conquering first Bengal and finally, in 1803, the Mughal capital of Delhi itself. The Company’s reach stretched until almost all of India south of the Himalayas was effectively ruled from a boardroom in London.

    The Anarchy tells the remarkable story of how one of the world’s most magnificent empires disintegrated and came to be replaced by a dangerously unregulated private company, based thousands of miles overseas in one small office, five windows wide and answerable only to its distant shareholders. In his most ambitious and riveting book to date, William Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power.

    ©2019 William Dalrymple (P)2019 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Kritikerstimmen

    "Gloriously opulent...India is a sumptuous place. Telling its story properly demands lush language, not to mention sensitivity towards the country’s passionate complexity. Dalrymple is a superb historian with a visceral understanding of India...A book of beauty." (Gerard DeGroot, The Times)  

    "Dalrymple is a superb historian with a visceral understanding of India...A book of beauty." (Gerard DeGroot, The Times)

    "An energetic pageturner that marches from the counting house on to the battlefield, exploding patriotic myths along the way...Dalrymple’s spirited, detailed telling will be reason enough for many readers to devour The Anarchy. But his more novel and arguably greater achievement lies in the way he places the company’s rise in the turbulent political landscape of late Mughal India." (Maya Jasanoff, Guardian)

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    Great story, thrilling and informative.

    A fascinating and well written account about corporate greed and power. This is a history is gripping both for its narration and writing but mainly for the absolut preposterous nature of the historical events. The events are well linked to modern issues of international and corporate law. I would strongly recommend to anyone trying to better understand the nature of modern Trans National Corporation's.

    I was at times little unsure about what the sources for quotes were and the blend between historical analysis and story writing leans more heavily to the latter. This makes for a thrilling listen but I will have to purchase the hard copy to investigate if the footnotes can further inform me.

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    Instructive account of corporate irresponsibility

    The epilogue puts it all into perspective: The rise of the East India Company and its many abuses are highly relevant today, not only to experts of colonial history, but to anyone interested in questions of corporate responsibility and government oversight. Well written and very instructive, with an admirable attention to detail. At times, there is maybe too much erudite focus on various infightings and battles, as well as on concrete sums of money or valuables paid, lost or attained in an illegitimate manner. What remains fascinating - and unsettling - is the overall narrative.

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    A "great people" history of the EIC

    This book is very well written and the reader does an excellent job. What I did not appreciate is that it follows the "great people" approach to history. It follows the conquest of Bengal step by step and I felt this level of detail was not warranted. I would have liked to hear more about the social and geopolitical background rather than the details of various battles.

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