The Dutch East India Company

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or VOC, known in English as the Dutch East India Company. The VOC dominated the spice trade between Asia and Europe for two hundred years, with the British East India Company a distant second. At its peak, the VOC had a virtual monopoly on nutmeg, mace, cloves and cinnamon, displacing the Portuguese and excluding the British, and were the only European traders allowed access to Japan.

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  • Anne Goldgar No other episodes
    Reader in Early Modern European History at King's College London
  • Chris Nierstrasz No other episodes
    Lecturer in Global History at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, formerly at the University of Warwick
  • Helen Paul 8 episodes
    Lecturer in Economics and Economic History at the University of Southampton

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Hello (First sentence from this episode) Hello. Founded in 1602, the Dutch East India Company was the largest global corporation in the 17th century and, more than any other East India Company of the time, transformed the relationship between Europe and Southeast Asia.