Catalogue


Inglorious empire : what the British did to India /
Shashi Tharoor.
imprint
London : C. Hurst & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 2017.
description
xxix, 295 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN
1849048088, 9781849048088
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imprint
London : C. Hurst & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 2017.
isbn
1849048088
9781849048088
general note
Originally publishd as 'An era of darkness: the British Empire in India'. New Delhi : Aleph Book Company, 2016.
abstract
'Inglorious Empire' tells the real story of the British in India - from the arrival of the East India Company to the end of the Raj - revealing how Britain's rise was built upon its plunder of India. In the eighteenth century, India's share of the world economy was as large as Europe's. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased six-fold. Beyond conquest and deception, the Empire blew rebels from cannon, massacred unarmed protesters, entrenched institutionalised racism, and caused millions to die from starvation. British imperialism justified itself as enlightened despotism for the benefit of the governed, but Shashi Tharoor takes on and demolishes this position, demonstrating how every supposed imperial 'gift' - from the railways to the rule of law - was designed in Britain's interests alone. He goes on to show how Britain's Industrial Revolution was founded on India's deindustrialisation, and the destruction of its textile industry.
catalogue key
11020965
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.

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