Book review: The Black Hole of Empire … / Partha Chatterjee

By Mary Fisk|August 24, 2012|History, South Asia|0 comments

In 1756, Siraj-ud-daulah, ruler of Bengal, captured Calcutta (Kolkata) and allegedly imprisoned 146 Europeans overnight in a cramped room, where 123 of them subsequently died of suffocation.  The story of “The Black Hole of Calcutta” was crucial to the “founding myth of the British Empire in India”.

In The Black Hole of Empire: history of a global practice of power, Chatterjee examines the changing representations of the event in the history and political ideology of imperial and modern India

Professor Neilesh Bose (University of North Texas) has reviewed the book for the Institute of Historical Research’s Review’s in History 

Click here to read the review and the author’s response

Find The Black Hole of Empire in SOAS Library at JMD954.14 / 741444

Click here to go to the Library catalogue

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