Buy a kindle kindle ebooks kindle unlimited prime reading best sellers more kindle book deals free reading apps kindle singles newsstand accessories content and devices kindle support advanced search. Despite the fact that the black hole of calcutta is more properly a place than an event the incident known popularly by that name has over its 251 year history acquired a sort of double notoriety the black hole of calcutta legends guilt and empire . The black hole of calcutta was a small prison or dungeon in fort william where troops of siraj ud daulah the nawab of bengal held british prisoners of war for three days on 20 june 1756 john zephaniah holwell one of the british prisoners and an employee of the east india company said that after the fall of fort william the surviving british soldiers anglo indian soldiers and indian . The black hole of empire follows the ever changing representations of this historical event and founding myth of the british empire in india from the eighteenth century to the present partha chatterjee explores how a supposed tragedy paved the ideological foundations for the civilizing force of british imperial rule and territorial control . That night as he recorded there occurred a horror which became a legend in the history of the raj a total of 146 british prisoners including two women and several wounded men and holwell himself were herded at sword point for the night into the forts black hole a little lock up the british had built for minor offenders
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