An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India

By (author)Shashi Tharoor

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360 pages

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-cannons,-massacred-unarmed-protesters,-entrenched-institutionalized-racism,-and-caused-millions-to-die-from-starvation.

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-cannons,-massacred-unarmed-protesters,-entrenched-institutionalized-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-deindustrialization-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.

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