The Honourable Companyby John Keay
John Keay builds this epic
Ex the English East India Company, there would be no British Empire - not even a British India. Over two centuries, the Company grew from a casual association of Elizabethan tradesmen to an empire that controlled half of the world's trade and provided a tenth of Britain's revenue. Its armed forces were greater than those of many nations.
John Keay builds this epic tale of expansion from records and diaries of the Company's employees. The Company reached from southern Africa to Northwest America, and lasted from the reign of Elizabeth I to that of Victoria. The story is filled with pirates, rogues, brigands, mercenaries, royalty - and thousands of savvy traders.
"Full of delicious anecdotes...stylish and entertaining." (The Spectator)
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Meet the Author
John Keay is a writer, broadcaster and historian whose books include ‘Into India’, ‘India Discovered’, ‘When Men and Mountains Meet’, ‘Highland Drove’, ‘The Honourable Company: A History of the English East India Company’, ‘The Great Arc’, ‘China: A History’ and (with his wife, Julia Keay) the ‘Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland’. He has travelled extensively in India and the Far East, and specialised in Asian history and current affairs.
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