Inglorious Empire

Inglorious Empire What the British Did to India

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Synopsis

***THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER*** 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.

About the Publisher

Hurst & Company

Hurst & Company

Hurst is an independently owned non-fiction publisher based in central London, across the road from the British Museum in the heart of Bloomsbury. Among our authors are Gerard Prunier, Christophe Jaffrelot, Faisal Devji, David Kilcullen, Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn, Stephen Ellis, Paul Lendvai, Sir David Omand and Ziauddin Sardar. We have also published several books on behalf of MSF in London and Paris. Christopher Hurst founded C. Hurst & Co. (Publishers) Ltd. in 1969, his primary aim being to publish scrupulously edited and produced books on subjects close to his heart rather than to build a commercial empire. Christopher’s interests were eclectic, and they featured in his list from the outset, ranging from African studies, the plight of dissidents in the Cold War, the history of Scandinavia, the Muslim periphery, the Far North and anthropology.

Book information

ISBN: 9781849048088
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Imprint: Hurst & Company
Pub date:
DEWEY: 954.03
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xxix, 295
Weight: 546g
Height: 216mm
Width: 140mm
Spine width: 32mm