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History: Corporate Raiders, Corporate Empire? The Origins of British Rule in India With Dr Erica Wald From Goldsmiths, University of London

1st December 2022 @ 11:00 - 12:00

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Please note that the original date for this event has now changed to the above.




As part of Goldsmiths’ incisive Autumn History Series, Dr Erica Wald, a leading academic from the Department of History at Goldsmiths, University of London, will run an interactive talk for students on Corporate Raiders, Corporate Empire? The Origins of British Rule in India.

This webinar examines the fierce competition between rival trading companies – the Portuguese, Dutch and the English East India Companies between the 17th and early 19th centuries. This corporate rivalry eventually resulted in the British gaining an imperial foothold in India.

From these roots, the second British empire was born.

This webinar explores how a company, based in London, transformed into a powerful – and ruthless – political player in India.  It examines the ways in which the East India Company ruled and expanded during this period and looks at some of the ways in which India transformed Britain.


Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Erica Wald


For further sessions in this great series with Goldsmiths, please see below and click for details:



Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Key Stage 5 students (and equivalent) studying or with an interest in studying History and related subjects. We also welcome students from other disciplines with a more general interest in the topic. Teachers and members of school staff, as always, are welcome to join with a group from school/college or as individuals.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic in advance and questions they have. Students can also think about questions about studying History at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans (similar to Zoom) and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:

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1st December 2022
11:00 - 12:00
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