Shashi Tharoor

Inglorious Empire

Tuesday 6th June at 6:30pm  |  Daunt Books Hampstead  |  Tickets £5.00

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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.

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.

Shashi Tharoor will be in conversation with David Olusoga.

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 of Tomorrow.

David Olusoga is a British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and film-maker. Born in Lagos, Nigeria David is a multi-award- winning presenter. His most recent series include Black and British : A Forgotten History, The World’s War and the BAFTA winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners. David's most recent book is Black & British : A Forgotten History, which is longlisted for the 2017 Orwell Prize.
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Tuesday 6th June 2017

Event starts at 6:30pm
This event takes place at Daunt Books Hampstead, 51 South End Road, London NW3 2QB

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