William Dalrymple: The Anarchy – The Relentless Rise of the East India Company
We still talk about Britain conquering India. But that phrase disguises a much more sinister reality. It was not the British Government that seized India at the end of the 18th Century, but a dangerously unregulated private company, headquartered in one small office, five windows wide, and managed in India by an unstable sociopath, Clive. The transition to colonialism, the principle framing context for all the major historical questions about African and Asian societies over the last 200 years, took place through the mechanism of a for profit operation which existed entirely for the purpose of enriching investors.
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 and one of the most supreme acts of corporate violence in world history.
After the main event, William will be in the Conservatorium Foyer signing copies of his new book, The Anarchy – The Relentless Rise of the East India Company.
With special thanks to Bloomsbury Australia and Avid Reader