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The Anarchy : The Relentless Rise of the East India Company - William Dalrymple

The Anarchy

The Relentless Rise of the East India Company

By: William Dalrymple

Paperback | 1 September 2020

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ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S BEST BOOKS OF 2019
THE TIMES HISTORY BOOK OF THE YEAR
LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION 2019
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In August 1765 the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and forced him to establish a new administration in his richest provinces. Run by English merchants who collected taxes using a ruthless private army, this new regime saw the East India Company transform itself from an international trading corporation into something much more unusual: an aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multinational business.

William Dalrymple tells the remarkable story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power.
Industry Reviews
“An energetic pageturner that marches from the counting house on to the battlefield, exploding patriotic myths along the way”
Maya Jasanoff Guardian

“A tour de force *****”
Anne de Courcy Telegraph

“Magnificent … The Anarchy explodes myths that have accreted around the history of the Company like barnacles on the hulls of its ships ... Dalrymple shines a forensic light on the knotty historical relationship between commercial and imperial power”
John McAleer Evening Standard

“Dalrymple has been at the forefront of the new wave of popular history, consistently producing work that engages with a wider audience through writerly craft, an emphasis on characters and their agency, evocative description of place and time, and the inclusion of long-neglected perspectives … The book's real achievement is to take readers to an important and neglected period of British and south Asian history, and to make their trip their not just informative but colourful”
Jason Burke Observer

“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

“It is well-trodden territory but Dalrymple ... brings to it erudition, deep insight and an entertaining style”
Financial Times

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