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The British Empire is still considered by many to have been a largely benign, 'civilizing' enterprise. This revelatory study reveals how, from Ireland to India, it was in fact based on systematic violence and repression. Drawing on an impressive array of sources, it charts a grim history of slavery, famine, genocide and crimes against humanity. It also records the courageous and often forgotten people who, across the centuries, rose up in defiance of the armed might of Britain. Slightly off-mint.