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A Business of State

Commerce, Politics, and the Birth of the East India Company

  • Note on Spelling, Dates, and Sources
  • Introduction
  • I. Governing the Company
    • 1. The Patent and the Formation of the Company
    • 2. Constituting Authority: The Court of Committees and the Generality
    • 3. Wooing Adventurers: Membership and Useful Men
    • 4. Division within the Company: The Problem of Faction and Representation
    • 5. Merchants, Trading Companies, and Public Appeal
  • II. The Company and the State
    • 6. The Changing Patent: Negotiating Privileges between Company and Regime
    • 7. “What His Men Have Done Abroad”: Martial Engagements and the Company
    • 8. The Dutch East India Company and Amboyna: Crisis and Response in the Company
    • 9. Taking Stock and Looking Forward: The Difficulties of the Late 1620s
    • 10. Crown Manipulations of the East Indies Trade: Dismantling the Company in the 1630s
  • Conclusion
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Manuscript and Archival Sources
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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