Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India

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Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India

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Author :   Shashi Tharoor
Publisher :   Penguin Books Ltd
Published :   01/02/2018
ISBN :   9780141987149
Format :   Paperback
Pages :   xxvii, 295
Size (mm) :   198x129x19
Weight (g) :   247

In the 18th 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,... Read more
In the 18th 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.