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- Publication Date: August 12, 2019
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The Dutch East India Company: A Captivating Guide to the First True Multinational Corporation and Its Impact on the Dutch War of Independence from Spain Kindle Edition
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The Dutch East India Company, A Captivating Guide to the First True Multinational Corporation and Its Impact on the Dutch War of Independence from Spain, By Captivating History
Kindle Edition (67 Pages)
This is a concise history of the Dutch East India Company. The exceptionally well written narrative details the Company's 200 year history from how it was first formed in the early 16th Century, through its years of rapid development, growth, and peak operations as a corporate trading giant, to its decline and anticlimactic disestablishment at the turn of the 18th Century. It includes numerous contemporary accounts and documents which support the narrative and is supplemented with images of important people, places, events, and maps from the period to enhance the readers understanding of the subject matter. An excellent bibliography is provided for those people who desire additional information.
Giant international companies and corporations are a fact of our everyday lives in the modern world. Many of us tend to take for granted their unimaginable wealth and power which rival the economies of some of the world's smaller countries. They are the engines behind the relative comfort and convenience we enjoy in the developed world, the living embodiment of the capitalist system, regardless if we think it is good or bad. However, this kind of development is recent because the world didn't always operate this way.. During most of history, it was the kings and emperors who wielded the most influence, commanded the largest armies, and had the largest treasures. And all of them would scorn and find humorous the very notion of some merchants managing to not only catch up to their power and wealth, but even surpass them. But they did and the best example of that kind of success were the Dutch East India Company's merchants and traders during the 16th Century. By working together, they managed to create a corporation so rich that at its height of power, it's net worth, when adjusted for inflation, equaled one of today's top twenty international companies. For example, the entire Apple Corporate empire is only worth about one-tenth of the Dutch East India Company at its peak. When it was disbanded in the early 18th century, it had irreversibly changed the world. Because of this, the Dutch East India Company deserves study as much as any other past empires. Knowledge acquired about it will help us understand how and why our modern world has become what it is today.
This book was professionally researched from numerous primary and secondary sources, written, and published by Captivating History. This publishing house has produced an extensive collection of thoroughly researched, concise, informative, and well written historical texts purposefully designed to be read in one to two hours. This historical collection is focused on chronicling the lives of important historical persons, key events, nations, and peoples. I have read a number of their offerings and found each volume well written, researched, informative and presented with an unbiased perspective..
This book provides an excellent, straight forward account that is easy to read and understand. It was well researched and written. The narrative was engaging and enjoyable. It explained the complex social, religious, political, and economic issues that impacted the history of the Dutch East India Company in a clear and easy to understand manner. I recommend this book to any reader that is at least a little curious about history or whom enjoys a good, nonfiction story. The narrative is engaging and holds the readers interest from beginning to end. I really enjoyed this book and give it a Five Star Rating because of the quality of the narrative and the quantity of information included in this great little book.