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Eldan Goldenberg @eldang

I had been entirely unaware of the literal burning of records of the British Empire as each colony gained independence, until @genmon mentioned it: theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/n

And... I'm almost speechless. What a clear admission of guilt that was just as hidden from those of us educated in Britain as from the newly independent countries.

@eldang @genmon Yes, I'm amazed that anyone still finds empire defensible when the authorities were so keen to destroy the records that would show just how benevolently things were run.

I'm currently reading 'Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India' by Shashi Tharoor, and it really is the education I never had in school about the iniquities of (one part of) the British Empire.

@alx @genmon that sounds like a book I should read. I've been gradually learning about these things, mostly from Indians in the US and Canada, but assume there are still big gaps in what I know.

@eldang @genmon I can recommend it based on the half that I've read so far. I was looking for something that would give a similar perspective but across the entirety of the empire, but it looked like the best place to start.

(I'm still interested if anyone can recommend something wider-ranging.)

@alx @eldang I asked around for recommendations a while back and didn’t get anywhere. What I was after is a start-to-end history of the British Empire so I can have a timeline/overview in my head and start deeper reading on particular themes or periods. But a history that isn’t also subtle propaganda