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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
Narrated by: Randy Whitlow
Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
Categories: History, World

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Dutch East India Company, then pay attention...

Huge international companies and corporations are a normal part of our everyday lives today. For most, their unimaginable wealth and power, rivaling even some of the smaller countries of the world, is something we take for granted. And we see them as the living embodiment of the capitalist system, regardless if we take it as a good or a bad omen. However, this wasn’t always the case.

For the majority 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 laugh at the idea of some merchants managing to not only catch up to their supremacy and riches but even surpass them. Yet, they did.

Probably, the best example of that kind of success were the traders of the Dutch East India Company of the 16th century. This company single-handedly reformed the way businesses functioned, creating the foundation of our modern capitalist world, with all of its strengths and weaknesses.

Through its international trade, this corporation brought our world one step closer to the colonialism of the 19th century and the globalization of the 20th century. It managed to transform itself from a group of merchants to an empire in its own right. By the time of its disbandment in the late 18th century, the world was irreversibly changed.

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  • GregRobin Smith
  • 12-08-2020

Fascinating Introduction to a major world maker

I learned a great deal about this first international mega-corporation. Compelling, complex, and well explained.

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  • Susan Woods
  • 14-05-2020

So Good

Very informative synopsis of the greatest multinational corporation the world has ever seen. I learned a great deal from this book. Quick read. Well worth audiobook.

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  • Ann Mcdonald
  • 14-05-2020

Very Well Written

I had read the history of the East India company and this was a good addition. I didn’t realize the impact that the Dutch had in creating world trade.

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  • Bernadette Cruz
  • 14-05-2020

Highly Recommended

Is it really the big corporate players running the world, having an enormous influence on world affairs and leading the pathway of humanity? Yes, we can all plainly see that now but how did it come to this? Read this book to discover where it all began. It reveals the ambition and motivation of the corporate mind and the ingrained, ruthless quest for ongoing success. A highly recommended read.

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  • Bonnie Fields
  • 14-05-2020

Good One

We are visiting South Africa so I was attracted to this book for background information - it didn't disappoint. A short, easily read book which gives an in-depth background to the Dutch commercial interests in the region.

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  • Catherine Rivera
  • 14-05-2020

Short but interesting

Short but interesting history of the VOC, from inception till dawn. Can be listened to in less than two hour. Useful for general knowledge.

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  • Christine Dohrmann
  • 14-05-2020

Awesome

I had never heard of the Dutch East India Company before. It is amazing how profound its influence has been in today's world. There may be a lesson here for the U.S. regarding its position on the world stage. Complacency and corruption are killers.

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  • Mika Wind
  • 13-05-2020

Well written

A well written outline of the world's greatest company. It set the pattern for. Modern multi- nationals.

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  • Bethanie Cuadra
  • 13-05-2020

A very good short summary

A very good short summary on an interesting period in history that still leaves a footprint in today's era. Well written and clearly explains society in the 1600s, 1700s. High recommended.

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  • Ayako Criger
  • 13-05-2020

Good Information

Studying the East India Company should be a required for all business students and this book would be a good start

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  • Helen Burtenshaw
  • 14-05-2020

Job Well Done

Gives you a run down of what the Dutch East Indian company business was about. How it laid the groundwork for modern cooperation. Not an overly exciting book.

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  • William Bolton
  • 14-05-2020

Very Informative

This was a good interesting audiobook. I'm majoring in history so I am reading everything I can unlimited has to offer.

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  • Joan Bird
  • 14-05-2020

Good overview

Good overview, wets you interest for looking into the particulars. I recommend this audiobook to all.

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  • Gabby McDermott
  • 14-05-2020

Superb

A superb audiobook, so simple and yet so much information garnered into a short book. I loved this, just so much history condensed and readable.

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  • Paul
  • 14-05-2020

Great book

great book - now have a better understanding of Dutch East India Company. I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-05-2020

Enjoyed It

I really enjoy the Hourly History series. I enjoy being able to learn a little in a short amount of time. Very well written.

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  • Christopher Kent
  • 13-05-2020

Well Written

The development of word trade and globalization by the early Dutch traders, and their influence in the 17th century world affairs.

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  • Reginald Jowett
  • 13-05-2020

Nice Details

short and concise with sufficient detail to look for more information if needed. Recommended to all.

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  • Christopher Ingram
  • 13-05-2020

Useful

Useful summary of a lesser known, underrated topic: the Dutch East India Corporation as the forefather of modern corporations. Interesting!

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  • Francine Holt
  • 13-05-2020

Full Stars

Takes some stamina to finish, because it I different kind of story; bit, it worth it. It is a story I was unaware of. Recommended!