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The Resource Inglorious Empire : What the British Did to India, Shashi Tharoor

Inglorious Empire : What the British Did to India, Shashi Tharoor

Label
Inglorious Empire : What the British Did to India
Title
Inglorious Empire
Title remainder
What the British Did to India
Statement of responsibility
Shashi Tharoor
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Inglorious Empire tells the real story of the British in India - from the arrival of the East India Company to the end of the Raj - revealing how Britain's rise was built upon its plunder of India.
  • 'Inglorious Empire is a timely reminder of the need to start teaching unromanticised colonial history in British schools. A welcome antidote to the nauseating righteousness and condescension pedalled by Niall Ferguson in his 2003 book Empire.' - The Irish Times; 'His writing is a delight and he seldom misses his target ... Tharoor should be applauded for tackling an impossibly contentious subject ... he deserves to be read. Indians are not the only ones who need reminding that empire has a lot to answer for.' - Literary Review'Ferocious and astonishing. Essential for a Britain lost in sepia fantasies about its past, Inglorious Empire is history at its clearest and cutting best.' - Ben Judah, author of This Is London, 'Rare indeed is it to come across history that is so readable and so persuasive.' - Amitav Ghosh, 'Brilliant ... A searing indictment of the Raj and its impact on India. ... Required reading for all Anglophiles in former British colonies, and needs to be a textbook in Britain.' - Salil Tripathi, Chair of the Writers in Prison Committee, PEN International, and author of The Colonel Who Would Not Repent
Biographical or historical data
Shashi Tharoor served for twenty-nine years at the UN, culminating as Under-Secretary General. He is a Congress MP in India, the author of fourteen previous books and has won numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Tharoor has a PhD from the Fletcher School and was named by the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1998 as a Global Leader ofTomorrow.
Cataloging source
UK-WkNB
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1956-
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Tharoor, Shashi
Dewey number
950
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Colonialism & imperialism
  • British & Irish history
  • History
  • Colonialism & imperialism
  • European history
Summary expansion
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
Target audience
general
Label
Inglorious Empire : What the British Did to India, Shashi Tharoor
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Hardback
Control code
9781849048088
Extent
288 p.
Isbn
9781849048088
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
Inglorious Empire : What the British Did to India, Shashi Tharoor
Publication
Note
Hardback
Control code
9781849048088
Extent
288 p.
Isbn
9781849048088
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Specific material designation
regular print

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