The Company-State: Corporate Sovereignty and the Early Modern Foundations of the British Empire in India

Philip Stern

Oxford University Press USA, 2011

The English East India Company's 1757 victory over the forces of the nawab of Bengal and the territorial acquisitions that followed has been perceived as the moment when the British Empire in India was born. Examining the Company's political and intellectual history in the century prior to this supposed transformation, Dr. Philip Stern’s “The Company-State” rethinks this narrative and the nature of the early East India Company itself. In this book, Stern reveals the history of a corporation concerned not simply with the bottom line but also with the science of colonial governance.