British colonial crimes. 15 books you need to read.

British empire crimes in Africa, British empire crimes in India, British crimes in Ireland, British crimes in Australia, British empire crimes in Kenya

When the news broke that the queen of England was ill, Ms. Uju Anya, a lovely anti-racist African living in the USA, responded to the news via Twitter, saying: “I heard the chief monarch of a thieving raping genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating.”

That’s indeed a perfect wish if we must deal with Britain the same way they dealt with our ancestors. 

In 1891, in Kenya, the British buried an African king alive! His name was king Waiyaki Wa Hinga. 

King Waiyaki had earlier made an agreement with the British to allow them to settle peacefully in his land. As usual, the British reneged from the agreement a few months later and wanted everything in his kingdom including his seat. A fight ensued and they hit king Waiyaki with (simi) dagger on his head and planned to take him to court for prosecution. On the way to the court, they changed their mind and decided to bury him alive instead. Till today, nobody knows where they buried him.

In 1835, in South Africa, the British captured and beheaded an African king. His name was king Hintsa, and he was of the Xhosa tribe. 

The queen of England asked that his skull be brought to her palace in London, and it was done. Till today, nobody knows where they buried him or where his skull is.

The list of dethroned, killed and exiled African kings is endless.

So, what else do you expect the descendants of king Waiyaki and king Hintsa to wish the British queen? Why should we not have anything but disdain for the queen of England? Sorry, we can’t help it but be disdainful for the British queen. And as Ms. Uju beautifully put it “if anyone expects me to express anything but disdain for the monarch who supervised a government that sponsored the genocide that massacred and displaced half my family and the consequences of which those alive today are still trying to overcome, you can keep wishing upon a star”.

It’s not up to Britain to dictate how the victims of British crimes around the world should feel. We the victims of their crime know how to feel and we do feel that way. And we will continue to feel that way until we can feel it no more in due time.

That’s why Ms. Uju Anya’s view was supported by people in India, Ireland, Australia, Asia, South Africa, and many other parts of the world. Because those are the victims of British crimes around the world and they do feel the same way as Ms. Uju Anya. In Ireland (a major victim of British crimes) cafeterias served beer FREE overnight to celebrate the death of an evil woman.

Are you one of those asking; why would someone send such a mean tweet about queen Elizabeth?  

You need to understand that they’re not celebrating because they hate the queen per se but because Britain committed so many crimes around the world. Britain tortured, hanged, starved, caged, beheaded, buried alive, and stole from people around the world and queen Elizabeth inherited everything. For more information, see European crimes in Africa: European crimes caught on camera during colonization of Africa. Not only did queen Elizabeth inherit everything looted by Britain from others overseas, but most of the crimes happened under her watch, in fact, by her order. 

Surprisingly, she managed to fool the whole world by appearing to be gentle and humane but inside she’s something else. 

These crimes and  the wealth generated from them is the only reason Britain is a wealthy nation today. But that’s by the way.

list of books you need to read to understand the scale of crimes that the British empire committed around the world. If you read the books listed, you’ll understand why an Uju Anya would send such a tweet and why people are celebrating in Ireland, Africa, and India.

Note that it’s not about books dealing on British role in slave trade but only books dealing on British crimes during their occupation and colonization of different parts of the world.

Without much ado, here are the books that Britain and the British monarchy wish that you don’t read.:-

1). Inglorious empire: what the British did to India- by Shashi Tharoor

2). Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World – by Mike Davis

3). Histories of the Hanged: The Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire- David Anderson

4). Legacy of Violence: A History of the British Empire- by Caroline Elkins

5). Britain’s Gulag: The Brutal End of Empire in Kenya- by Caroline Elkins

6). Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya- by Caroline Elkins

7). Britain’s Empire: Resistance, Repression and Revolt- by Richard Gott

8). The Biafra Story: The Making of an African Legend- by Frederick Forsyth

9). The West and the Rest of US: White Predators Black Slavers and the African Elite- by Chinweizu

10). An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India- by Shashi Tharoor

11). The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company- by William Dalrymple

12). Empire of Crime: Organized Crime in the British Empire- by Tim Newark

13). Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China’s Last Golden Age- by Stephen R. Platt

14). Blood and Bronze: The British Empire and the Sack of Benin- by Paddy Docherty

15)……….. Check later. I’ll add the rest of the book when I get it.

In the meantime, find more books below that European imperialists in general don’t want you to read.

Africa under colonial domination 1880-1935- by A. Adu Boahen (for UNESCO)

King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa- by Adam Hochschild

Christopher Columbus and the Afrikan holocaust- Slavery and the Rise of European Capitalism- by John Henrik Clarke

The history of Mary Prince- by Mary Prince

Merchant Kings: When Companies Ruled the World, 1600–1900- by Stephen R. Bown

How Europe underdeveloped Africa- by Walter Rodney

The Wretched of the Earth- Frantz Fanon


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