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The India versus East India Company (EIC)

From the beginning the ‘Governor and Company of the Merchants of London’ – more commonly known as the English East India Company – was different from other companies. Instead of coordinating the commerce of private traders, as other contemporary corporations did, the East India Company acted as a merchant in its own right and used force to assert its interests. It was an armed bureaucracy, not just a federation of merchants. As a result, it had a prickly relationship with other traders and with Asian rulers. It was that relationship which led to war and conquest.

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