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Philip J. Stern

Associate Professor of History
History
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
History Dept, Durham, NC 27708

Selected Publications


Empire, Incorporated The Corporations That Built British Colonialism

Book · May 16, 2023 Philip Stern turns this view on its head, arguing that corporations drove colonial expansion and governance, creating an overlap between sovereign and commercial power that continues to shape the relationship between nations and ... ... Cite

Alcohol and the Ambivalence of the Early English East India Company-State

Journal Article Historical Journal · February 1, 2022 This article explores the various roles that alcohol played in defining the governance of East India Company fortifications and settlements in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. It argues that, much like elsewhere in Europe, Asia, and the colo ... Full text Cite

Bombay: The genealogy of a global imperial city

Journal Article Urban History · August 1, 2021 This article will argue that the history of East India Company Bombay - like that of many foreign British enterprises, and like many other 'global' cities and indeed colonies generally - is best understood as the product of contradictions and contingencies ... Full text Cite

Inquiring into the Corpus of Empire

Journal Article Journal of World History · 2021 Full text Cite

Early Eighteenth-Century British India: Antimeridian or antemeridiem?

Journal Article Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History · June 1, 2020 In the thirty years since the publication of C.A. Bayly’s Imperial Meridian, the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British Empire has moved definitively from the “sidelines” to the center of British imperial historiography. This article asks ho ... Full text Cite

Introduction: Crossing Companies

Journal Article Journal of World History · 2020 Full text Cite

Introduction to the Proceedings of the Seminar on Corporations and International Law

Journal Article Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law · 2018 Link to item Cite

The Corporation and the Global Seventeenth-Century English Empire: A Tale of Three Cities

Journal Article Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal · 2018 Full text Cite

The Corporation in History

Chapter · March 24, 2017 Full text Cite

Seeing (and Not Seeing) like a Company-State: Hybridity, Heterotopia, Historiography

Journal Article Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies · 2017 Full text Cite

Empire, Incorporated The Corporations That Built British Colonialism

Book · May 16, 2023 Philip Stern turns this view on its head, arguing that corporations drove colonial expansion and governance, creating an overlap between sovereign and commercial power that continues to shape the relationship between nations and ... ... Cite

Alcohol and the Ambivalence of the Early English East India Company-State

Journal Article Historical Journal · February 1, 2022 This article explores the various roles that alcohol played in defining the governance of East India Company fortifications and settlements in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. It argues that, much like elsewhere in Europe, Asia, and the colo ... Full text Cite

Bombay: The genealogy of a global imperial city

Journal Article Urban History · August 1, 2021 This article will argue that the history of East India Company Bombay - like that of many foreign British enterprises, and like many other 'global' cities and indeed colonies generally - is best understood as the product of contradictions and contingencies ... Full text Cite

Inquiring into the Corpus of Empire

Journal Article Journal of World History · 2021 Full text Cite

Early Eighteenth-Century British India: Antimeridian or antemeridiem?

Journal Article Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History · June 1, 2020 In the thirty years since the publication of C.A. Bayly’s Imperial Meridian, the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British Empire has moved definitively from the “sidelines” to the center of British imperial historiography. This article asks ho ... Full text Cite

Introduction: Crossing Companies

Journal Article Journal of World History · 2020 Full text Cite

Introduction to the Proceedings of the Seminar on Corporations and International Law

Journal Article Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law · 2018 Link to item Cite

The Corporation and the Global Seventeenth-Century English Empire: A Tale of Three Cities

Journal Article Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal · 2018 Full text Cite

The Corporation in History

Chapter · March 24, 2017 Full text Cite

Seeing (and Not Seeing) like a Company-State: Hybridity, Heterotopia, Historiography

Journal Article Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies · 2017 Full text Cite

The Ideology of the Imperial Corporation: “Informal” Empire Revisited

Journal Article Chartering Capitalism: Organizing Markets, States, and Publics (Political Power and Social Theory) · 2015 Full text Cite

Mercantilism Reimagined: Political Economy in Early Modern Britain and Its Empire

Book · 2013 Rethinking Mercantilism brings together a group of young early modern British and European historians to investigate what use the concept "mercantilism" might still hold for both scholars and teachers of the period. While scholars often find the term uns ... Cite

Atlantic Ocean and India

Internet Publication · 2013 Cite

Corporate Virtue: The Languages of Empire in Early Modern British Asia

Journal Article Renaissance Studies · August 2012 Cite

"Trading Companies"

Chapter · February 2012 Cite

Exploration and Empire

Chapter · 2012 Cite

Sovereignty

Chapter · 2012 Cite

Companies

Chapter · 2012 Cite

The Company-State: Corporate Sovereignty and the Early Modern Foundations of the British Empire in India

Book · 2012 Almost since the event itself in 1757, the English East India Company's victory over the forces of the nawab of Bengal and the territorial acquisitions that followed has been perceived as the moment when the British Empire in India was born. Examining t ... Cite

Company, state, and empire: Governance and regulatory frameworks in Asia

Chapter · January 1, 2012 From the beginnings of organised English contact with Asia at the dawn of the venteenth century until the rapid expansion of British territorial power in India in the later eighteenth century, the responsibility for governing British interests, people, com ... Full text Cite

The Company-State: Corporate Sovereignty and the Early Modern Foundations of the British Empire in India

Book · September 22, 2011 This book rethinks the nature of the early English East India Company as a form of polity and corporate sovereign well before its supposed transformation into a state and empire in the mid-eighteenth century. It explores the Company's political and legal c ... Full text Cite

Soldier and Citizen in the Seventeenth-Century English East India Company

Journal Article Journal of Early Modern History · 2011 Cite

The Indian and Pacific Correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks, 1768-1820. Volume I: Letters 1768-1782

Other Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient · 2011 Full text Cite

Review of Britain’s Declining Empire: The Road to Decolonisation, 1918-1968, by Ronald Hyam

Other Comparative Journal of South Asian, Middle Eastern, and African History · August 2009 Cite

Introduction: Rethinking Institutional Transformations in the Making of Modern Empire in Company South India

Journal Article Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History · October 2008 Cite

Rethinking Institutional Transformations in the Making of Modern Empire: The East India Company in Madras

Journal Article Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History · September 2008 Full text Cite

Exploration: Overview

Chapter · 2008 Cite

Exploration: Africa

Chapter · 2008 Cite

Politics and Ideology in the Early East India Company-State: The Case of St. Helena, 1673-1696

Journal Article Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History · March 2007 Cite

The Global Eighteenth Century, edited by Felicity Nussbaum

Other Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History · 2007 Cite

British Asia and British Atlantic: Comparisons and Connections

Journal Article William and Mary Quarterly · October 2006 Cite

East India Company

Chapter · 2006 Cite

Middle East and India

Chapter · 2006 Cite

East India Company

Chapter · 2006 Cite

Middle East and India

Chapter · 2006 Cite