Archive Results For: East India Company

Book review:-‘Adventurers: The improbable rise of the East India Company, 1550–1650’ by D. Howarth

By Peter Good

The early years of the East India Company (EIC) and its fellow trading companies have been a source of great fascination for historians of all stripes; from those trying to trace the early roots of the British Empire to its founding moments and characters to those seeking to understand the shape and attitudes of merchants […] Read More

Filed under: Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Administration | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review:- ‘The Route to European Hegemony: India’s intra-Asian trade in the early modern period (sixteenth to eighteenth centuries)’ by R. Maloni, Manohar

By Mir Kamruzzaman Chowdhary

The Indian Ocean was the centre of the first sophisticated commercial and maritime activities. From antiquity, India enjoyed commercial links with Southeast Asian countries through Indian Ocean networks. While in recent decades there has been a plethora of books about the Indian Ocean and its trade, often concentrating on the earlier periods, these works are […] Read More

Filed under: Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Logistics | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review:- ‘The British Navy in Eastern Waters: The Indian and Pacific Oceans’ by J. D. Grainger

By Andrew Lambert

This ambitious overview of British naval activity ‘East of Suez’ since 1600 integrates a wide range of existing research, providing a base line for future studies. Grainger emphasizes the failure of existing British and Indian focused research to address the complex development of British regional power from maritime, economic, terrestrial and political perspectives. At sea […] Read More

Filed under: Indian Ocean | Pacific | East India Company
Subjects include: Administration | Strategy & Diplomacy

The Port of Hugli in Seventeenth-century Bengal

By Kainat Siddiqui

Medieval Bengal occupied a focal position on the map of India due to its unique topography. The province was profusely rich in agricultural and non-agricultural produce as attested in the accounts of many foreign travellers. Satgaon and Chittagong in Bengal were the initial trading centres and custom ports in the sixteenth century. With the decline […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘‘Nemesis’: The first iron warship and her world’ byA. G. Marshall

By W. Mark Hamilton

Adrian Marshall’s ‘Nemesis’ makes a significant contribution not only to a history of this unique ship, but to the history of the nineteenth-century Asian world in which she sailed. Nemesis was the first of a generation of steam-powered ironclad vessels with watertight compartments. It was also the first iron vessel to round the Cape of […] Read More

Filed under: Opium Wars | East India Company
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

Book Review-‘The Unfortunate Captain Peirce and the Wreck of the ‘Halsewell’, East Indiaman, 1786’ by P. Browne

By Jaap R. Bruijn

One cannot pretend that East India Company commander Richard Peirce had a very interesting career. It was merely one of many. Much was and is still unknown about the man, even his year of birth and his early sea life. What made him well known to his contemporaries was his final voyage in 1786 when […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | East India Company
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea

Book Review-‘A Low Set of Blackguards: The East India Company and its maritime service 1600–1834:volume 1, The Heroic Age 1600–1707’ by R. Woodman

By A. B. McLeod

The founding of the East India Company on the last day of 1600 showed the determination of London merchants to challenge the Dutch monopoly of the trade in spices. Hailed as the forerunner of a vast empire based on trade, writers such as Richard Hakluyt helped to arouse public support for the enterprise. Diplomacy dictated […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | East India Company
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘The European Canton Trade 1723: Competition and cooperation’ ed. by M. Kessler, K. Lee and D. Menning

By Derek Massarella

This collection of source material on European trade in Canton in 1723 originated as a teaching project at the Eberhard Karls Universität in Tübingen. It was conceived as a way of encouraging students to read and engage with primary sources, and, more ambitiously, it is intended ‘to contribute to a larger scholarship on the early […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | East India Company
Subjects include: Logistics

Book Review-‘The Political Economy of Indigo in India, 1580–1930: A global perspective’ by G. A. Nadri

By Markus Vink

Ghulam Nadri, an Associate Professor of History at Georgia State University specializing in early modern Gujarat and India, traces the convoluted ‘long-durée moment’ [sic] (p. 121) of natural indigo in India as a global commercial dye. Informed by the global commodity chains conceptual framework, this book looks at this particular trade from its inception in […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | East India Company
Subjects include: Logistics

Book Review-‘Naval Resistance to Britain’s Growing Power in India 1660–1800: The saffron banner and the Tiger of Mysore’ by P. MacDougal

By Sohinee Basak

This book outlines the naval activities of some of the Indian states, specially those under the saffron banner of the Marathas and the leadership of Tipu Sultan, the ‘Tiger of Mysore’. Deviating from the common belief that the Indian states lacked naval awareness, the author shows the rise of Indian indigenous navies and tries to […] Read More

Filed under: Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

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