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. 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. 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. The black hole of calcutta would probably have been forgotten had it not been for the essayists skills of thomas macaulay 1800 1859 macaulay was of scottish descent but his family was anglican and lived in london. The black hole of empire is his most ambitious book yet challenging existing understandings reinterpreting the meaning of well known events and displaying an authoritative knowledge of an astonishing range of scholarly literature we encounter a historian at the top of his game
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