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East India Company: the original corporate raiders

How the British trading behemoth took control of 200 million people and one of the richest empires on Earth.

In 1930, a book emerged by the young American historian and philosopher Will Durant that occasioned apoplectic outrage in British colonial India.

  • Shashi Tharoor
  • NewStatesman

The Case for India was a brief but savage indictment of the British Raj, written in indignant passion with the forensic precision of the historian and the moral empathy of the philosopher.

Durant had interrupted a research visit to India, part of a worldwide journey that would result in the 11-volume The Story of Civilisation (1935-75), to record what he…

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