The Corporation That Changed the World

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Pluto Press, Oct 30, 2012 - Business & Economics - 262 pages
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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.

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If you are from any Asian countries, then you probably have been taught about British Empire –– Yet, in History class, it doesn't go in depth about the root of the those problems. The Picture we get ... Read full review

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If you are from any Asian countries, then you probably have been taught about British Empire –– Yet, in History class, it doesn't go in depth about the root of the those problems. The Picture we get ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Nick Robins has more than 20 years experience in the policy and practical realities of corporate accountability. A historian by training, he currently works on sustainable and responsible investment in London, and has written on the East India Company for the Financial Times, New Statesman, and Resurgence.

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