Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India by Shashi Tharoor

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  • Title: Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India
  • Author: Shashi Tharoor
  • Category: British
  • Date: 07/31/17
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: 336
  • ISBN: 1925322572

 

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Inglorious Empire tells the actual story of the British in India – from the arrival of the East India Firm to the top of the Raj – revealing how Britain’s rise was constructed upon its plunder of India. Within the eighteenth century, India’s share of the world economic system was as giant as Europe’s. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased six-fold. Past conquest and deception, the Empire blew rebels from cannon, massacred unarmed protesters, entrenched institutionalised racism, and brought on tens of millions to die from hunger. British imperialism justified itself as enlightened despotism for the advantage of the ruled, however Shashi Tharoor takes on and demolishes this place, demonstrating how each supposed imperial ‘present’ – from the railways to the rule of legislation – was designed in Britain’s pursuits alone. He goes on to point out how Britain’s Industrial Revolution was based on India’s deindustrialisation, and the destruction of its textile trade. On this daring and incisive reassessment of colonialism, Tharoor exposes to devastating impact the inglorious actuality of Britain’s stained Indian legacy. ‘His writing is a delight and he seldom misses his goal a Tharoor must be applauded for tackling an impossibly contentious topic a he deserves to be read. Indians will not be the one ones who want reminding that empire has so much to reply for.’ – Literary Overview ‘Tharoor’s impassioned polemic slices straight to the center of the darkness that drives all empires. Forceful, persuasive and blunt, he demolishes Raj nostalgia, laying naked the grim, and excessive, price of the British Empire for its former topics. A necessary read.’ – Nilanjana Roy, Monetary Instances ‘Good a A searing indictment of the Raj and its affect on India. a Required studying for all Anglophiles in former British colonies, and must be a textbook in Britain.’ – Salil Tripathi, Chair of the Writers in Jail Committee, PEN Worldwide, and writer of The Colonel Who Would Not Repent present more

 

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