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

Philip J. Stern


This book rethinks the nature of the early English East India Company as a form of polity and corporate sovereign well before its supposed transformation into a state and empire in the mid-eighteenth century. It explores the Company’s political and legal constitution as an overseas corporation and the political institutions and behaviors that followed from it, from tax collection and public health to war-making and colonial plantation. This book also traces the ideological foundations of those institutions and behaviors, revealing how Company leadership wrestled with typically early modern pro ... More

Keywords: East India Company, corporations, imperialism, colonialism, British empire, early modern empire, sovereignty, state formation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195393736
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393736.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip J. Stern, author
Duke University
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