The Amritsar massacre: the British empire’s darkest day

When Indian civilians were gunned down in the Punjab 100 years ago, British authorities claimed they fell victim to a rogue general. But, asks Kim Wagner, does the theory that the Amritsar massacre was a monstrous anomaly stand up to scrutiny?

A painting of the Amritsar massacre. While Churchill described the killings as "without precedent", MP Benjamin Spoor said: "Amritsar is not an isolated event, any more than General Dyer is an isolated officer." (Photo by AKG Images)

This article was first published in the April 2019 edition of BBC History Magazine

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