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HST5226 – The 'Honourable' Company: The Worlds of the English East India Company, 1600-1765

Module code: HST5226

Credits: 15
Semester: SEM 2

Module Convenor: Dr David Veevers

The English East India Company dominated the early modern world, as a trading behemoth and later as an imperial ruler. Traditionally the Company has been understood as an example of a European nation successfully projecting itself overseas. However, on this module, students will instead uncover the Company's hidden transnational history and study the Asian roots of the Company's expansion, exploring its reliance on Golcondan sultans, Indian sailors, Sumatran women pepper planters, African slaves, Muslim merchants and Asian shipwrights. In doing so, students will challenge Eurocentric perspectives of Global History and instead appreciate the dynamic and powerful polities and communities of the Indian Ocean World which shaped the Company, not vice versa.

Assessment: Book Review (1,000 words) 25% and Essay (3,000 words) 75%
Level: 5