The History Show Sunday 29 April 2018
What The British Did to India
Our book club choice for this month is on the subject of British Colonialism and its aftermath. The book is Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India, by Indian historian and parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor. It’s a polemical work which surveys the devastation caused by two centuries of British misrule of its so-called Indian Empire.
This book was inspired by a 2015 Oxford Union debate, where Tharoor delivered a speech on the topic "Does Britain owe reparations to its former colonies?" The video of that debate went viral at the time, and the wide praise his speech received spurred him to write Inglorious Empire, which offers a blistering critique of Britain’s colonial past.
Joining Myles to discuss the book are Doctor Chandana Mathur, lecturer in Anthrology at Maynooth University; Dermot Dix, Headmaster at the Headfort School in Kells, County Meath; and Kate O’Malley of the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series.
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