Imperialism’s Day

The Tears of the Rajas: Mutiny, Money and Marriage in India 1805–1905 by Ferdinand Mount Simon & Schuster, 2015, 757 pages, $39.99 The British Empire in India was “unmentionable” in Britain for decades after the Second World War; the “memory of it was a huge embarrassment”, Ferdinand Mount says in The Tears of the Rajas. Similar distaste seems to apply here for the British imperialism that established modern Australian society. Were the imperialists goodies or baddies? Mount seems to be saying that for India, as for most things, there is no easy answer; it’s more a question of how it…

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