06/13/2019 (Thu) 17:41:09
The problem with broadly generalizing the British Empire is that it's a much too broad a period of space and history to do that accurately. If you're talking about the 'first' British Empire, you have slavery and transportation playing a much bigger role (I'm not saying it was good or bad) and arguably with India one could say that Company rule was first empire and Imperial rule was second. The second Empire could be argued to be broadly better depending on your point of view (if you're a /pol/ack the victorian era would be totally bad because it's when ideas of diversity and the first black government employees emerged) but it too had downsides depending on your point of view, such as Cecil Rhodes accelerating African colonization, the Boer War, meddling in internal affairs of Japan and China among other small nations, and so on. Of course there were the good aspects of modern infrastructure, science, education and medicine brought to the colonies that otherwise likely would never have got these, as well as (again depending on your point of view as to whether this was good or bad) playing the single biggest role in ending slavery around the world. Getting back to your point of 'the british raj wasn't overflowing with shit', this is quite inaccurate: there are many sources of the time describing the filth and squalor the Indians lived in.
Having said all of that, I am a huge cocksucking faggot for giving this much of a fuck about a ton of bullshit.