New Histories of the East India Company

On the 4th August the Society was host to a panel on New Histories of the East India Company chaired by RAS Vice President Dr Gordon Johnson. The talk is now available to watch in full on our Youtube channel:




Margot Finn is Professor of Modern British History at UCL. The author of After Chartism (1993) and The Character of Credit (2003), and co-editor of The East India Company at Home, 1757-1857.
She has published extensively on the families and material culture of the East India Company. A former editor of the Journal of British Studies, she is President of the Royal Historical Society.

Philip J. Stern is a historian of the British Empire and the author of the award-winning book The Company-State. He is Associate Professor of History at Duke University. His latest book Empire, Incorporated: The Corporations That Built British Colonialism was published by Harvard in 2023 and was praised by William Dalrymple as: “A remarkable contribution to the current global debate about Empire and a small masterpiece of research and conceptual reimagining.’


Joshua Ehrlich is a historian of knowledge, political thought, the East India Company, the British Empire, and South and Southeast Asia. Currently Assistant Professor of History at the University of Macau, he received a PhD and MA from Harvard University and a BA from the University of Chicago. In his first book, The East India Company and the Politics of Knowledge (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2023), Ehrlich shows how a commitment to knowledge was integral to the Company’s ideology.