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The Corporation That Changed the World

How the East India Company Shaped the Modern Multinational
Lu par : Simon Barber
Durée : 11 h et 49 min
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The English East India Company was the mother of the modern multinational. Its trading empire encircled the globe, importing Asian luxuries such as spices, textiles, and teas. But it also conquered much of India with its private army and broke open China's markets with opium. The Company's practices shocked its contemporaries and still reverberate today.

The Corporation That Changed the World is the first book to reveal the Company's enduring legacy as a corporation. This expanded edition explores how the four forces of scale, technology, finance, and regulation drove its spectacular rise and fall. For decades, the Company was simply too big to fail, and stock market bubbles, famines, drug-running, and even duels between rival executives are to be found in this new account.

For Robins, the Company's story provides vital lessons on both the role of corporations in world history and the steps required to make global business accountable today.

©2012 Nick Robins (P)2017 Nick Robins

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  • Bobby Meyer
  • 09/10/2018

Not what I expect from a history book

I found the tone and approach of this book to be out of sync with what it promised. It is more journalistic than historical in its approach. It suffers from anachronisms at every turn. The company is compared to Enron, but only in the vaguest of moral equivalencies. The narrative is constantly disrupted by asides on the contemporary opinion of the EIC in Indian politics. The author's goal is to expose the EIC, and to make the British public take more responsibility and feel a greater sense of shame. That is not the same goal as "Tell the story of the East India Company", the book I thought I was buying.

I would have preferred if the author had delivered coherent narrative up front, perhaps adding a conclusion that connected the company with modern Indian politics, contemporary British misperceptions of the company or whatever other contemporary social issues the author felt were important.

Alternatively, the author could have saved me a credit and just titled it: "Why I hate the East India Company and why you should, too!"

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  • Jeffrey A. Evey
  • 13/10/2018

Seems a bit unbalanced and not fully informed

I'm no expert on the subject matter, but this seems unbalanced to me - when the author quotes Adam Smith, I listen carefully - much of the rest of the book seems to be entirely negative on the company and colonialism - I suspect that although there were plenty of evils associated with each, based on what I've heard from economists, there may be more to the story, none of which is presented in this book.

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  • Customer 101
  • 10/01/2019

a great review

a very good take of corporate and imperial practices over the almost 300 year life of "John Company". Something that any student of business or ethics should read. the authors claim to remember the actions of those centuries and showcase them to the world rings true.

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  • heidi sugarman
  • 21/12/2017

an axe to grind

the author has an axe to grind and is violently anti capitalist. a socialist diatribe

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