Globalisation concepts of the modern world: to what extent can the East India Company be seen as a precursor of development?

Irving, Samuel P. (2007) Globalisation concepts of the modern world: to what extent can the East India Company be seen as a precursor of development? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation investigates issues of globalisation. In literature, there is much debate concerning the length of time that global economics and the existence of Transnational Corporations have been important to globalisation. It is accepted that the notion of the TNC is synonymous with globalisation. This suggest world-wide companies, conforming to the International Division of Labour (Smith, 1776) to allow the sale of goods using Wallerstein's theories of the core and periphery, where the core nation controls the sale of items and the periphery produces goods at a low labour cost. Therefore in this dissertation, I shall look at examples of modern theory to contextualise globalisation with an example of the past. For this, I will examine the East India Company to conclusively prove that globalisation of the world's economy is not a new event. I suggest that it has been experienced for centuries and the EIC is an example of a Transnational Corporation that was a ruling force, advocator of free trade and powerful body in the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. I will investigate how the British East India Company can be seen as an agent of government. I am interested in how they were able to gain land and govern under their own right. Although, it will transpire, the East India Company was never entirely separate from the Crown, and had to rely upon royal support for its future domination of the Asian regions, I wish to investigate how powerful they really were, and the effect this had upon contemporary conceptions of globalisation.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/347

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