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012019111120191112 (R4)

William Dalrymple's new book tells the story of how the East India Company transformed itself from a small trading company into a powerful colonial force that used its financial prowess and military might to subdue India. What emerges is a cautionary tale about global corporate power. In today's episode, humble beginnings lead to bold enterprise as circumstances conspire against India's emperors. The reader is Alistair McGowan

William Dalrymple is an acclaimed historian and has won numerous awards including, the Hemingway Prize, the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the Asia House Award for Asian Literature. He lives on a farm near Delhi.

Alistair McGowan is a multi-talented performer and writer. He is an impressionist, stand-up comic, and actor, a pianist and a writer of sketches, stage and radio plays.

Adapted by William Dalrymple
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

William Dalrymple's history of the East India Company and how it came to subdue India.

022019111220191113 (R4)

William Dalrymple's critically acclaimed new history of the East India Company examines how a small trading company was transformed into a colonial power over the course of almost 300 years. Today, Robert Clive's military prowess leads to substantial financial gains for the Company in the eighteenth century. Alistair McGowan reads.

Adapted for radio by William Dalrymple
Produced by Elizabeth Allard

In William Dalrymple's new history of the East India Company a turning point is reached.

William Dalrymple's history of the East India Company and how it came to subdue India.

032019111320191114 (R4)

William Dalrymple's new and acclaimed history of the East India Company explores how a small trading company founded in 1599 led to the formation of the British Raj. In today's episode, a decisive battle transforms the trading company into a territorial power. The reader is Alistair McGowan.

Adapted by William Dalrymple
Produced by Elizabeth Allard

In William Dalrymple's history of the East India Company power is consolidated.

William Dalrymple's history of the East India Company and how it came to subdue India.

042019111420191115 (R4)

William Dalrymple's critically acclaimed new history of the East India Company examines how a small trading company was transformed into a colonial power over the course of almost 300 years. Today, a brutal famine exacts a high price in Bengal in the 1760s and 1770s,. Alistair McGowan reads.

Adapted by William Dalrymple

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

William Dalrymple's history of the East India Company turns to a brutal famine.

William Dalrymple's history of the East India Company and how it came to subdue India.

052019111520191116 (R4)

William Dalrymple's critically acclaimed new history of the East India Company examines how a small trading company was transformed into a colonial power over the course of almost 300 years. In today's concluding episode, he turns to its legacy as a prototype for modern day global corporations with some newly written cautionary reflections. The reader is Alistair McGowan.

Adapted by William Dalrymple
Produced by Elizabeth Allard

William Dalrymple explores the East India Company's legacy for the 21st century.

William Dalrymple's history of the East India Company and how it came to subdue India.