Guardian of The East India Company
The Life of Laurence Sulivan
By (author) George McGilvary
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Guardian of The East India Company by George McGilvary
Book DescriptionA biography of an almost of a seemingly forgotten yet singularly important eighteenth century figure, this book includes revealing insights into the business and political landscape of his day, and explores both his professional and personal life, essential for histories of Britain and the Empire. Laurence Sulivan embodied the East India Company. He lived at the Company's heart in the city of London and controlled a vast commercial and political empire during Britain's 'Commercial Revolution', in the late eighteenth century, and rise to superpower status and supremacy in India and South and Southeast Asia. He was 'kingmaker', politician, manipulator and negotiator, deeply involved in British and Indian affairs, friend and confident of Chatham, Clive, Burke and Pitt the Younger and - very importantly - protector of Warren Hastings. George K. McGilvary paints a vivid and convincing picture of a supremely influential and colourful business figure as he controlled the most powerful private company of his day - and at the centre of the eighteenth century public-private nexus in business and government.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781850438564
(216mm x 134mm x 33mm)
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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The Act of Union in 1707 brought with it a new 'Great Britain'. From 1725, a patronage system existed in Britain enabling government ministries to use posts in the East India Company and its shipping to secure political majorities in Scotland and Westminster. This book deals with this topic.
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Author Biography - George McGilvary
George K. McGilvary was a university lecturer at Edinburgh University and is now a private scholar and writer.
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