Abbey's Bookshop Logo
Go to my checkout basket
Login to Abbey's Bookshop
Register with Abbey's Bookshop
Gift Vouchers
Browse by Category

Google Book Preview
The Black Hole: Money, Myth and Empire by Jan Dalley at Abbey's Bookshop,

The Black Hole: Money, Myth and Empire

Jan Dalley



Social & cultural history


240 pages

We can order this in for you
How long will it take?
order qty:  
Add this item to my basket

The story of the Black Hole of Calcutta was once drilled into every British schoolchild: how in 1756 the Nawab of Bengal attacked Fort William and locked the survivors in a tiny cell, where over a hundred souls died in insufferable heat. British retribution was swift and merciless, and led to much of India falling completely under colonial dominion. The Black Hole is the story of the propagation of a myth that arose as the British Empire came into being: a myth about the barbarism of a people the colonials sought to rule, and how that myth - based on improbable exaggeration and half-truth - helped justify the march of empire for two hundred years.

By:   Jan Dalley
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 16mm
Weight:   172g
ISBN:   9780141014999
ISBN 10:   0141014997
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   November 2007
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jan Dalley is the arts editor of the Financial Times; for several years before that she was the paper's literary editor, and she is the author of numerous features and reviews on the arts and books, as well as a fortnightly column in the FT Weekend section. In 1999 she published a biography of Diana Mosley; she has also published translations from French and Russian. She has three children and lives in London.

'Dalley has unearthed company records, letters and historians' speculations to produce a vivid and damning account of the city's fall' The Times'Combining compelling narrative with impressive insight, [this] is an immensely enjoyable read' The Spectator'Dalley has written a quite brilliant book: fascinating, gripping, insightful and, above all, even-handed' The Telegraph'Imperial history at its best' Sunday Times'An imaginative and forensically relentless examination' Independent on Sunday

Your cart does not contain any items.