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Established by Royal Charter in 1600, the East India Company quickly came to control over half the world's trade and a quarter of its population. It ruled India, raised its own army and navy, minted its own currency and traded with every corner of the globe. The book is broadly chronological, but also focuses on particular subjects and incidents - tea, silks, jewellery, cashmere, spices, ships and navigation, battles, communication routes, the opium trade, the English gentleman abroad, and India's War of Independence.
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Antony Wild, although a native of Yorkshire, has spent much time in the Indian sub-continent, where he acquired a particular passion for Moghul cookery. He is the figure behind the revival of the East India Company and author of The East India Company Book of Tea and The East India Company Book of Spices.From Library Journal:
In his four previous books Wild, director and historian of the resurgent East India Company, concentrated on products from the company's glory days--coffee, tea, chocolate, and spices. This book goes one step further and serves as a reminder of the company's complex history. Chartered by Queen Elizabeth I in 1600, it rose to dominate world trade by the mid-18th century, then fell from grace and power following the India Mutiny of 1857. This book tells its story with an unvarnished honesty. Of special note is the author's description of the opulent lifestyles that company employees led in India, Japan, Hong Kong, Canada, and the Middle East. Of equal import are his observations on the impact of the Treaty of Tordesillas, Drake's defeat of the Spanish Armada, the search for the Northwest and Northeast passages, the Black Hole of Calcutta, the Boston Tea Party, and the British reliance on piracy. Richly illustrated with over 160 maps, pictures, and photographs, this is recommended for both larger public and academic libraries.
-Norman B. Hutcherson, Kern Cty. Lib., Bakersfield, CA
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Book Description HarperCollins Illustrated, 2000. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11000710121X
Book Description HarperCollins Illustrated, 2000. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M000710121X