Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India (Hardback)
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Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India (Hardback)

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***THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER*** 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. In this bold and incisive reassessment of colonialism, Tharoor exposes to devastating effect the inglorious reality of Britain's stained Indian legacy.

Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781849048088
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm


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'In Inglorious Empire, Shashi Tharoor documents the realities of the British empire in India and makes a compelling case for the need to acknowledge, and, atone for, these realities.'

-- Book Riot, '14 Must-Read Indian History Books'

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“A well written account about the British rule in India.”

If, like me, you have been brought up to view the great British empire as a force for good in the world, this book will knock that view for six! If only half of this book is an accurate reflection of what the British... More

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“For the Joy of Reading: Inglorious Empire”

The first thing to say is that this is not a history of the British Raj. It is a book that arose from a debate at the Oxford Union. It is a deconstruction of the arguments out forward that the British Empire was,... More

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“An incomplete picture of the Raj”

I once met Shashi Tharoor at the 2006 Hay Festival and found him to be thoroughly polite, engaging, articulate, and kind in demeanour. He is an excellently gifted writer and this latest tome is yet another erudite... More

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