Birth Of Empire: The East India Company – 18 July 2021 – 18/7/2021 – Sunday – SBS

In this two-part series, Dan Snow travels through India chronicling the rise and fall of the company that revolutionised the British lifestyle and laid the foundations of today’s global trading systems. 400 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 sparked a new age of speculation and profit and by accident created one of the most powerful empires in history. 

Dan Snow travels through India chronicling the rise and fall of the East India Company. By 1800 the East India Company had grown from a tiny band of merchants into a colossal trading empire. But scandal and corruption in the 18th century had led to a curtailment of its powers by the British government. The state now controlled the company’s affairs in India and, throughout the 19th century, would chip away at its remaining powers and trading privileges. Following the revolt of large numbers of disaffected Indian soldiers in 1857, British India passed into Queen Victoria’s hands and the Raj was born..

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