The Age of Discovery – The John Company and India


Day course

Mike Shaw

21 January 2023


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This day course is the third of a series of standalone courses which considers how our modern world took shape.

Of all the trading nations, the British were conspicuously the most successful. Much of the foundation of our national wealth was based on trade with India and points east. For over 250 years this was the domain of the East India Company, otherwise ‘John Company’ and its offshoots, originally granted Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth I.

The course will explore the development of the Company and its struggle for economic domination against French competition on the Indian sub-continent.

All-comers welcome.

Tutor information

Mike Shaw was a regular soldier for over 30 years and has been a keen student of history all his life. A regular contributor to the Dillington programme, he has an interest in the history of the continent as a whole, particularly where western and slavic cultures have been impacted. A frequent independent traveller through the whole continent, he explores how trading networks flourished from the earliest times despite the countervailing demands of religion and tribal security. He offers rare insights into how historical perspectives have influenced more recent events. More importantly however, it is the way he tells the story.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.