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Inglorious empire: what the British did to India

Inglorious empire: what the British did to India

Tharoor, Shashi, 1956- author

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

Paperback, Book. English.
Published UK: Penguin Books, [2018]
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Statement of responsibility: Shashi Tharoor
ISBN: 0141987146, 9780141987149
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Originally published: as An era of darkness. New Delhi: Aleph, 2016.
Physical Description: xxvii, 295 pages ; 20 cm.
Series: Penguin history
Subject: History.; India Foreign relations Great Britain.; Great Britain Foreign relations India.; India History British occupation, 1765-1947.; India Economic conditions.
Uniform Title: Era of darkness
Series Title: Penguin history.