The Theft Of India : The European Conquests Of India 1498-1765


  • Author: Roy Moxham
  • Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers India Ltd
  • ISBN-13: 9789352640904
  • Pages: 260
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Year of Pub / Reprint Year: 2016
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About The Book

In the three centuries that followed Vasco da Gama’s discovery of the sea route from Europe to India, European powers made a beeline for India’s fabled riches, its spices, gold and gems. Though they ostensibly came for trade and commerce, and the thrill of discovering a new land, the lines between exploration and exploitation soon blurred. The Theft of India documents the intense rivalry for spoils that played out between the British, the French, the Dutch and the Portuguese, and the impact this had on the Indians. Roy Moxham’s work, though, is no dry study of textual materials. He supplements these accounts with an exhaustive study of academic works on the subject. The result is an unflattering picture of the ‘civilized’ West as it systematically strips India of its riches. The Theft of India is a nuanced, important and highly readable addition to the study of imperialism and its dehumanizing effects on the colonize

About The Author

: Roy Moxham is the author of Outlaw � India�s Bandit Queen and Me (2010), A Brief History of Tea (2009), an updated edition of Tea � Addiction Exploitation and Empire (2003), The Great Hedge of India (2001) and two novels, The East Indian Company Wife (2014) and The Freelander (1990). He was born and brought up in Evesham, England. After working for a while on a fruit farm, he went to Africa in 1961 to manage a tea estate in Nyasaland, now Malawi. He spent thirteen years in eastern Africa before returning to London to set up a gallery of African art. Subsequently, Roy Moxham went to Camberwell College of Arts and qualified as a book and paper conservator. After a period at Canterbury Cathedral Archives, he became senior conservator of the Senate House Library, University of London. He also taught and examined in the Institute of English Studies on an MA in �The History of the Book�. Following �retirement�, he devotes most of his energies to writing and giving talks. He spends half his time in London and the other half travelling, principally in South and South – East Asia.