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The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company
In August 1765 the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and forced him to establish in his richest provinces a new administration run by English merchants who collected taxes through means of a ruthless private army-an act of involuntary privatisation. William Dalrymple tells the remarkable story of how one of the world’s most magnificent empires disintegrated and came to be replaced by a dangerously unregulated private company, based thousands of miles overseas in one small office, five windows wide, and answerable only to its distant shareholders. Interviewed for BIF Digital Extra by author, historian and podcaster Peter Moore.