The English East India Company was one of the first multinational corporations. The Company traded silver for Indian textiles, raw silk, and saltpeter. As a major European company trading in India from 1660-1760, it has received significant historical attention for its role in international trade and politics – especially for its role in establishing the Raj. This presentation begins with an overview of the history and significance of the English East India Company. Next, we describe the Company’s role in the transfer from Indian to English political rule. We will discuss how historians have linked the Company’ s political actions with its economic activities in the cloth market. Finally we report on our progress in answering the question “Was the English East India Company powerful enough to control the cloth market?
Jeffrey Bessmer, ‘07 Chevy Chase, MD
Majors: Sociology, Secondary Education, Economics and Business
Sponsor: Santhi Hejeebu