Outsourcing Empire How Company States Made the Modern World

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From Spanish conquistadors to British colonialists the prevailing story of European empire building has focused on the rival ambitions of competing states But as Outsourcing Empires shows from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries company states not sovereign states drove European expansion building the world s first genuinely international system Company states were hybrid ventures pioneering multinational trading firms run for profit with founding charters that granted them sovereign powers of war peace and rule Those like the English and Dutch East India Companies carved out corporate empires in Asia while other company states pushed forward European expansion through North America Africa and the South Pacific In this comparative exploration Andrew Phillips and J C Sharman explain the rise and fall of company states why some succeeded while others failed and their role as vanguards of capitalism and imperialism

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