Inglorious empire : what the British did to India

Level A JA330.9034 /522103 Available
Full title: Inglorious empire : what the British did to India / Shashi Tharoor.
Main author: Tharoor, Shashi.
Format: Book           


Summary: '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.
Language: English
Published: London : Hurst & Co. 2017.
Classmark: JA330.9034 /522103
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ISBN: 9781849048088
1849048088