The world’s first megacorp. How Britain’s East India Company grew into an imperial power.

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Centuries ago, England controlled India and was heavily invested in China. The country’s economy and trade dwarfed all others, and it was all in the hands of the first multinational: the East India Company.

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This series reveals how the British company grew into an imperial power in the 16th to 19th centuries, and became a hotbed of corruption and greed that led to its downfall.

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