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Inglorious Empire

What the British Did to India
Written by: Shashi Tharoor
Narrated by: Shashi Tharoor
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: History, Europe
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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.

©2016 Shashi Tharoor (P)2018 Tantor

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Overwhelming with facts (could be fiction )

The author have very good argument against the colonial past. I am overwhelmed with facts but to an extend sound like fiction as well.
Very well narrated with dynamic voice of the author.
I wonder if this book will produce anything positive or constructive. I feel The narrative of this book is falling into the category of rising popular ism. I believe this book will produce more ultra-nationalism fanaticism and some friction among nations especially between Britain and India.

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  • Vij
  • 2019-03-08

Excellent book

Every child in ex-colinies should read this book. this boojs should be made part of academic curriculum.

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  • Humza Malik
  • 2019-01-17

No Sugar court

a good narrative and lots of information about ways of the inglorious empire, and there total disregard for basic humanity when it came to the needs of the masses.
He did not sugar court at all

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  • Pudd Master
  • 2019-01-15

I understand my people

Loved it, basically, all the things I found wrong with my people are a result of the British. haha, just kidding, but this gives great insight to the story of India and how the British only set us back, we are determined to change the world. and Tea isn't Indian... WTF!!

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  • Jitendra Kumar Meena
  • 2018-12-31

one of the best from Shashi Tharoor!

liked the narration, presentation of facts and a calculated, critical assessment of British Raj in India.

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  • Cowboy Up!!
  • 2019-08-06

Lame

Totally a Negative view of The British Empire! Not worth reading! Not good when the author insults other authors or historians!

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