• 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
  • Narrated by: Randy Whitlow
  • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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By: Captivating History
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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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Awesome short information on the Dutch East India Company. VOC has power in its own.

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bang for your buck

what a book! it explains the rise and fall if the first corporation. it was worth more than eight trillion at its height and involved the entire world.

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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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Pretty Decent

This book gives a pretty decent overview of its founding, history and eventual downfall of what many might say was the largest and most profitable in history.

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Good One

The Dutch East India Company was quite the impressive Global Enterprise, arguably the template for the modern Global Traders in existence even to this day.

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well-written

This is a well-written explanation of how Dutch trade created massive wealth in Europe (generally) and the Dutch nation (specifically). It also explains how trade creates wealth the more it is done, for each of the trading partners.

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  • Colin Harrison
  • 05-02-20

Awesome

At its peak, the Dutch East India Company (VOC) was more profitable and wealthy than Apple and Amazon combined. This trading behemoth eventually collapsed under its own weight but dominated commerce for more than a century. A good, interesting audiobook.

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  • Barry Fenty
  • 05-02-20

Good nformation

Amazing history how the Dutch built this company from nothing to a world-dominating one in a few short years. Considering Holland was a small country and had just emerged from a long war with Spain, and the Dutch accomplished without colonization or imperialism is amazing.

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  • Christine Donohoe
  • 05-02-20

Amazing Information

The information is amazing. I had no idea what an impact this company had on countries across the globe, nor how dominant it was during its golden age or how it gave rise to the rich culture of the Dutch. It also had its own army and brutality was a factor in the company's two-century reign. Fascinating.