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The Anarchy: William Dalrymple introduced by Sanjoy K. Roy

November 6, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Book cover of The Anarchy

In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and forced him to set up in his richest provinces a new administration run by English merchants who collected taxes through means of a ruthless private army, what we would now call an act of involuntary privatisation.

The East India Company’s founding charter authorised it to ‘wage war’ and it had always used violence to gain its ends. But the creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional international trading corporation dealing in silks and spices, and became something much more unusual: an aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multinational business. In less than 500 years, it had trained up a security force of around 200,000 men and had subdued an entire subcontinent, conquering first Bengal and finally, in 1803, the Mughal capital of Delhi itself. The Company’s reach stretched until almost all of India and was effectively ruled from a boardroom in London.

The Anarchy charts how one of the world’s most magnificent empires disintegrated and how it came to be replaced by a dangerously unregulated private company. In his most ambitious and riveting book to date, William Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before.

A Day Pass of 6 sessions for just $10.00.

Subject to availability, tickets to individual sessions at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre will be available at the venue on the day for just $5.00 per person.


Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Ormsby Terrace
Mandurah, Western Australia 6210 Australia
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(08) 9550 3900

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