Empire, Incorporated: The Corporations That Built British Colonialism

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Belknap Press
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6.58 X 9.47 X 1.49 inches | 1.63 pounds

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About the Author
Philip J. Stern is a historian of the British Empire and the author of the award-winning book The Company-State. He is Associate Professor of History at Duke University.
Stern has written the most important book on the history of the company in the English-speaking world in over a century. Empire, Incorporated is a gift for historians and general readers alike. Lawyers and investment bankers--always looking for the next clever idea to structure a deal or a new commercial entity--will delight in all the examples this book provides, and profit from the cautionary tales that abound.--Paul Halliday, author of Habeas Corpus: From England to Empire
Brilliant, ambitious, and often surprising. With great clarity and remarkable archival reach, Stern convincingly argues that it was joint-stock 'venture colonialism' that financed and drove the earliest attempts at establishing Tudor and Elizabethan colonies from Ulster to Spitsbergen, Virginia to 'Cathay, ' and even a Puritan republic of the Bahamas. A remarkable contribution to the current global debate about empire and a small masterpiece of research and conceptual reimagining.--William Dalrymple, author of The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire
This is an extraordinary book of great erudition and vast scope. Stern has written the definitive work on how the British Empire was driven by the joint-stock company and the legal device of incorporation. This remarkable account of a dizzying number of corporations that drove imperial expansion will be unrivaled for many years to come.--Andrew Fitzmaurice, author of King Leopold's Ghostwriter: The Creation of Persons and States in the Nineteenth Century
Stern is a tireless researcher and an accomplished explainer of geopolitical and financial matters. This is a consequential reconsideration of the history of colonialism.-- "Publishers Weekly" (2/2/2023 12:00:00 AM)