Saturday, 9 April 2011

International Socialism 130

The latest International Socialism Journal has just popped through my letter box. I've already read Renton on Eton, der Walt on the Black Flag, and the book reviews. I'm about the plunge into the the rest. This is mostly about the current Arab revolutions and debating the recent students demonstrations.

The book reviews mention Churchill's Secret War: The British Empire and the Forgotten Indian Famine of World War II by Madhusree Mukerjee; now this looks like a must read. It's on an important and overlooked aspect of British/Indian history: the Bengal famine of 1943-44. 3.5 to 5 million Bengali's die; best not mention it just in case it upsets some folk memory of Churchill. So mainstream historians just whitewash history (and whitewash is exactly the right word in all its possible meanings). If any historian tried to ignore the crimes of Stalin or Mao in the same manner they would become pictures of ridicule. But it's allright for their western equivalents to do exactly the same.

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