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Published: 22 April 2011

320 Pages | 13 illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195393736

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The Company-State

Corporate Sovereignty and the Early Modern Foundations of the British Empire in India

Philip J. Stern

  • Winner of the Morris D. Forkosch Prize of the American Historical Association
  • Revises the standard narrative of the East India Company's history-- that it was a commercial body to trade with Asia, that accidentally became a territorial state and empire in the middle of the eighteenth century.
  • Stresses comparisons and connections with British imperial efforts in the Atlantic, and other Europeans (particularly the Dutch and Portuguese) in Asia.
  • Energetic narrative by first-time author of the underexplored early history of the East India Company.