An interesting question that isn’t being asked. Have massacres, crimes, slaughters, happened without white Europeans building empires?[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] At St Peter’s Field in Manchester, England on Monday August 16 1819, an estimated 18 men, women and a child were massacred by British cavalry and up to 500 were wounded. “Peterloo” has come to play an important role in working-class, radical and reformist history in Britain – as well as in the history of democracy. In contrast to Peterloo, there has been little commemoration of the 1919 Amritsar Massacre in Britain – which saw up to 600 men, women and children murdered by the British Indian Army – and another 1,500 to 1,800 wounded. That Amritsar’s centenary has not received a similar level of attention as Peterloo is unfortunate as to better appreciate British history and understand the country today, it is important to look at the sociopolitical and economic systems that allowed such harms to happen. In this instance, systems that were responsible for producing both Peterloo and the Amritsar Massacre 100 years apart. [/perfectpullquote]
The headline here being:[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Peterloo and Amritsar – 100 years apart but united in the bloody history of Britain’s empire[/perfectpullquote]
So, to the question. Have massacres, slaughters, happened without the British Empire? The Holodomor, Holocauset, the centuries of pogroms. The Mughals weren’t exactly known for pussyfooting it about, Genghis slaughtered all in any number of cities. The Maori went and ate the Moriori.
That is, slaughters are not unique to the British Empire there fore the British Empire perhaps shouldn’t be identified as the cause of the slaughters.