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An indispenable book,
This review is from: Late Victorian Holocausts: El Nino Famines and the Making of the Third World (Kindle Edition)
It's fair to say that the film Carry On Up the Khyber as done as much to shape popular views of British rule in India as any other piece of work. The essential narrative is that a group of well intentioned bumblers set out to bring civilisation to a backward exotic region of the world. This book sets the record straight. British imperialism's principal "gifts" to India were famines that wiped out more than twenty million people and set the country on a path of underdevelopment and poverty that persists today. The British role in China was even more pernicious with violence, theft and drug trafficking forming the economic basis of their involvement in the country.
For the general reader the science sections can be a bit demanding but for anyone who wants to learn the true history of European imperialism this book is utterly essential.