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eBook The Honourable Company: A History of the English East India Company ePub

by John Keay

  • ISBN: 0025611690
  • Category: Asia
  • Subcategory: History
  • Author: John Keay
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Scribner (May 1, 1994)
  • Pages: 474
  • ePub book: 1683 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1473 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3
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The Honourable Company. For Alexander and Anna. The East India Company was as much about the East as about India

The Honourable Company. The East India Company was as much about the East as about India. Its Pacific legacies would be as lasting as those in the Indian Ocean; its most successful commercial venture was in China, not India. Freed of its subservient function as the unworthy stock on which the mighty Raj would be grafted, the Company stands forth as a robust association of adventurers engaged in hazarding all in a series of preposterous gambles. Some paid off; many did not but are no less memorable for it.

John Keay's work "The Honorable Company" is a tour de force of historical evidence charting the rise and fall of the .

John Keay's work "The Honorable Company" is a tour de force of historical evidence charting the rise and fall of the British East India Company. The Company" was intially chartered as another vehicle of English economic imperialism in the 17th century, competing for the riches of the East and Asia. However, the book lacks the precise focus of academic history that investigates the implications of the economic events and how they affected the political power struggle in Europe.

Bruce, . Annals of the East India Company, 3 vols, 1810 Kaye, J. The Administration of the East India Company, 1853. Annals of the East India Company, 3 vols, 1810. Dodwell, H. H. (e., Cambridge History of India, Vol. 5, 1929. Gardner, . The East India Company, 1971. Hunter, W. History of British India, 2 vols, 1899-1900. Kaye, J. Kincaid, . British Social Life in India 1608-1937, 1938. Love, H. Vestiges of Old Madras 1640-1800, 4 vols, 1913. Low, C. History of the Indian Navy, 1877. Moon, . The British Conquest and Dominion of India, 1989

The Honourable Company book. During 200 years the East India Company grew from a loose association of Elizabethan tradesmen into "the grandest society of merchants in the universe".

The Honourable Company book. 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 During 200 years the East India Company grew from a loose association of Elizabethan tradesmen into "the grandest society of merchants in the universe".

Honourable company a hi. .Two at least were desperate affairs more hotly contested than Plassey; ‘the campaign was one of the most successful ever fought by the English in India and was more responsible than Plassey for establishing them as the real masters of Bengal’ (Sir Penderel Moon). For what the enemy lacked, compared with Siraj-ud-Daula, in numbers they more than made up for by having been trained by Europeans and armed by the Company itself.

THE HONOURABLE COMPANY: A History of the English East India Company. Пользовательский отзыв - Kirkus. John Keay is the author of four acclaimed histories: 'The Honourable Company', 'Last Post', about the imperial disengagement of the Far East; the two-volume 'Explorers of the Western Himalayas' and 'India: A History'. His books on India include 'India Discovered', 'Into India' and 'The Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale of How India was Mapped and Everest was Named'.

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John Keay reconstructs this epic of expansionist endeavour from the journals and records of the Company's employees .

John Keay reconstructs this epic of expansionist endeavour from the journals and records of the Company's employees: the first experimental voyages to the East; the earliest, often disastrous, settlements; the later, often inglorious, wars; and the often venal administrations . Commercial successes and failures, battles and politics from Table Bay to Tokyo Bay are treated with verve and clarity. CHRISTOPHER BAYLY, 'The Observer'.

John Keay's work "The Honorable Company" is a tour de force of historical evidence charting the rise and fall of. The author painstakingly unfolds the events of its amazing rise to power and influence, and more importantly, how the BEIC gradually became the "unofficial" goverment of India after approximately 1650.

Chronicles the history of the famous trading company, which dominated world trade, raised armies, demolished nations, and established one of the most extensive empires the world has ever known

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John Keay's work "The Honorable Company" is a tour de force of historical evidence charting the rise and fall of the British East India Company. "The Company" was intially chartered as another vehicle of English economic imperialism in the 17th century, competing for the riches of the East and Asia. The author painstakingly unfolds the events of its amazing rise to power and influence, and more importantly, how the BEIC gradually became the "unofficial" goverment of India after approximately 1650

The book jacket claims the author researched this subject for 30 years, and the level of scholarship confirms his efforts. However, the book lacks the precise focus of academic history that investigates the implications of the economic events and how they affected the political power struggle in Europe. Keay does not directly explain the theory, and practice of mercantilism, its origins in the 17th century and how it would become the half-way house for the evolution of 19th century capitalism. Many of the 17th and 18th century "merchant kings" financed the industries of later 19th century, shifting the emphasis away from trade and barter, to "industrialized" manufacturing for profit. Overall, this is an excellent study of the BEIC.
Quendant Quendant
This a good general survey of the history of this organization. The complications that came from mixing commercial and national goals. The company wanted stability to gain its profits, but didn't have the political power to always make sure. This book details the internal company struggles to maintain its monopoly against foreign interlopers. The long history of this company shows the gradual entanglement of private and public needs. This history is primarily for southeast asia and the subcontinent and the commercial exploitation of it. It is the road that leads up to the British Raj and the decisions that led to the weakening of the company. It ends decades before the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
Xava Xava
Keay's history of the East India Company is thorough and engaging. At times, it feels a bit dense and he delves into detail which might have been left out, but it's a several hundred year history of an incredibly complex commercial and political endeavor. He covers the period adequately, and paints a vivid picture of the lucrative and frequently chaotic history of the company. I really appreciated his dry humor, and it's worth slowing down to absorb his sly comments. Well worth it if you want a detailed tale of the "Honourable Company".
Ballagar Ballagar
The most difficult part about writing the company biography is to classify which event or decision is the most important part in scripting the future. Keay's research in this aspect speaks for itself through out the book. A journey of 400 years scripted in a few hundred pages has been narrated with so much Intrigue that it is hard to leave the chapter unread. Travelling centuries with different characters, each contributing a significant part to history, yet showing there big picture of political, social influencers is a well done job. The book is I interesting for both information hunting historians as well as intrigue filled story teller.
Vetibert Vetibert
This is, of course, a history or chronicle of the East India Company and its role in the India of the British Empire. It is hugely researched, scholarly, as far as I know, and quite well written. I have enjoyed ever minute of my reading, but it has taken me weeks. It is slow going. This is due partially to an over concentration on the details of maritime commerce and use of too many technial ship terms. The narrative is unavoidably anecdotal, and it sometimes becomes tedious. The author wisely lightens this up with some glimpses (also anecdotal)into the real lives of the actors, and then the book gets more compelling.
For those who like history and have any interest in the economic development of the early modern period, this is the book for them. I'm glad I bought it.
Vrion Vrion
Great detailed history of a "company" that shaped an Empire by 'accident'. Very well researched and although not a central issue interesting to learn that the Givernments' experiences in the American Revolution played their part.
Phalaken Phalaken
A very interesting history on the English East India Company. Moves along at a nice pace. Most readable.
This is one great evaluation of the greatest trading company the world ever had. Full of details and historical information.