William Dalrymple’s The Anarchy: A story of how far corporations can change the world

Touring Australia recently, WILLIAM DALRYMPLE regaled audiences with his new book The Anarchy, a dissection of the East India Company which began as a trader, took over one of the world’s most magnificent empires, and became the first large global corporation.

William Dalrymple with Pawan Luthra
William Dalrymple with Pawan Luthra

Excerpts from William Dalrymple’s conversation with PAWAN LUTHRA

The grandeur that was 16th and 17th century India

The formation of the East India Company

The militarised East India Company: Its transformation into a ruling power

The ‘ravaging territorial appetites’ that finally saw the East India Company cut to size

‘Company’ Raj vs the British Raj

Contemporary ramifications of the East India Company

William Dalrymple on contemporary Britain – and on contemporary India

Up close and personal with William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple’s The Anarchy
William Dalrymple’s The Anarchy

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