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)

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