William Dalrymple tells the story of the British East India Company.
Five Books review
The latest book from William Dalrymple takes a damning look at the British East India Company, the corporation set up in the early 17th century with a monopoly on British trade with the east. The company was the means by which Britain established control of India over the course of the 18th century. Dalrymple shows that this was not an enlightened project with one or two regrettable incidents, but an astonishingly brutal and rapacious adventure, backed by military force.