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Dan Snow travels through India in the footsteps of the company that revolutionised British lifestyles and laid the foundations for today's global trading systems.

Dan Snow travels through India in the footsteps of the company that revolutionised British lifestyles and laid the foundations for today's global trading systems.

Four hundred years ago, British merchants landed on the coast of India and founded a trading post to export goods to London. Over the next 200 years, their tiny business grew into a commercial titan. Using the letters and diaries of the men and women who were there, this documentary tells the story of the East India Company, which revolutionised British lifestyles, sparked a new age of speculation and profit, and by accident created one of the most powerful empires in history.

However, what was an inexorable rise in its fortunes also ended in ignominy. Dogged by allegations of greed, corruption and corporate excess, by the 1770s the company's reputation was in tatters. Blamed for turning its back as millions died in the Bengal famine, and thrown into crisis by a credit crunch in Britain, the world's most powerful company had run out of cash, sparking a government intervention.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 25 Feb 2019 22:00

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Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Dan Snow
Series Producer Sarah Jobling
Executive Producer John Farren

Broadcasts

  • Wed 30 Apr 2014 21:00
  • Wed 30 Apr 2014 23:20
  • Sat 3 May 2014 01:00
  • Thu 15 May 2014 00:55
  • Thu 15 May 2014 01:25
  • Wed 7 Feb 2018 22:00
  • Mon 25 Feb 2019 22:00

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