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Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company, 1600-1757

Emily Erikson


The English East India Company was one of the most powerful and enduring organizations in history. This book locates the source of that success in the innovative policy by which the Company's Court of Directors granted employees the right to pursue their own commercial interests while in the firm's employment. Exploring trade network dynamics, decision-making processes, and ports and organizational context, the book demonstrates why the English East India Company was a dominant force in the expansion of trade between Europe and Asia, and it sheds light on the related problems of why England ex ... More

Keywords: English East India Company, Europe, Asia, trade networks, Court of Directors, trading ships, social networks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691159065
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691159065.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily Erikson, author
Yale University