William Dalrymple & Sathnam Sanghera – British Imperialism in India

How To Academy | 8 February 2022 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with William Dalrymple and Sathnam Sanghera about how the East India Company replaced the Mughal empire; how the legacy of British imperialism continues to shape life and culture in Britain today; and how poorly this story is represented in British education and museums. Draws from their books Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain, The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire, and The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857.

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  1. There is a conventional wisdom take that Britain became wealthy because of the Empire; there is a counter-argument that in fact the Empire was possible because of the wealth of the Industrial Revolution. Messrs Dalrymple and Sanghera propose a feasible alternative to those theories: that the capital raised in India made the Industrial Revolution possible.

    Whether that was actually the case would require as analysis not provided in this interview. Possibly nabob money was consumed rather than invested; possibly the coal mines and railways were largely self-funded.

    It is unfortunate that they demonstrate the impoverishment of India under British influence by its falling share of global GDP. At a time when global GDP was rapidly increasing, a relative measure does not indicate how Indian per capita GDP was changing.

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