The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company

Tue 22 Sep

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

7.30pm - 8.30pm

Talk | Online Only

The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company

Acclaimed historian William Dalrymple tells the cautionary tale of the rise and fall of the East India Company, revealing how an unregulated private company replaced the Mughal Empire and took control of the entire Indian subcontinent.

This event has finished, but you can watch it again online at any time until Sunday, 11 October 2020.

Price: FREE
William Dalrymple


How did a conventional international trading company come to be an aggressive colonial power with control over an entire subcontinent? The rise of East India Company is a fascinating but cautionary tale of the power of international corporate greed.

Join acclaimed historian William Dalrymple as he explores how the Mughal Empire came to be replaced by a company based thousands of miles away and answerable only to its shareholders.

William Dalrymple is a bestselling historian, author, broadcaster and journalist who has published 12 books. He has written extensively on travel and history, with much of his work focused on India. His first history book, White Mughals, won the Wolfson Prize for History in 2003 and he was awarded the President’s Medal by the British Academy in 2018. Dalrymple lives in India and co-founded the annual Jaipur Literary Festival.

A copy of William Dalrymple's book The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company can be purchased as part of a book and ticket offer for this event. Alternatively, copies will be available for purchase via a link on the virtual event page on the day of the event.

Date & time

Tuesday, 22 September 2020
7.30pm - 8.30pm


Online Only


Online: FREE

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