Amritsar And Peterloo – Did Massacres Happen Without White Imperialism And Empire?

An interesting question that isn’t being asked. Have massacres, crimes, slaughters, happened without white Europeans building empires?

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.

The headline here being:

Peterloo and Amritsar – 100 years apart but united in the bloody history of Britain’s empire

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.

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What about Mo of the religion of pieces? One instance – AD627, Banu Qurayza tribe.

Tribe surrendered and around 900 men and boys beheaded and the women and children enslaved.
I won’t be holding my breath and waiting for the Guardian to do any condemnation of the moslems.

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You should know by now only White people do bad things, particularly if they are British or American.

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An example is the slavery of Africans that apparently took place only in white America.

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Lets assume that in a far, far better world, an ancestor of Capt Norton invented the cylindro-conoidal bullet about 1690 AD. (I insist on using the politically incorrect terminology.) And some unknown Frenchman used Rochelle Salt to make a version of a percussion cap about the same time. (With apologies to the Grantville Gazette.) We’ll further assume that Aurangzeb imported this and rifling technology from Europe about the same time. So roughly American civil war long arm technology became the norm in India by about 1700. In consequence the Mughal empire conquered the whole of India. Since the close order… Read more »

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Does anyone imagine that Gandhi’s non-violent campaigns would have been effective against anyone except the British? Least of all the Japanese empire that useful idiots like Bose were working to achieve.