Raj The Making and Unmaking of British India

ISBN-10: 0312263821

ISBN-13: 9780312263829

Edition: N/A

Authors: Lawrence James

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In less that one hundred years, the British made themselves the masters of India. They ruled for another hundred, leaving behind the independent nations of India and Pakistan when they finally withdrew in 1947. Both nations would owe much to the British Raj: under its rule, Indians learned to see themselves as Indians; its benefits included railways, roads, canals, schools, universities, hospitals, universal language and common law. None of this, however, was planned. After a series of emergencies in the eighteenth century transformed a business partnership-the East India Company-into the most formidable war machine in Asia, conquest gathered its own momentum. Fortunes grew, but, alongside them, Britons grew troubled by the despotism that had been created in their name. The result was the formation of a government that balanced firmness with benevolence, and had as its goal the advancement of India. But the Raj, outwardly so monolithic and magnificent, always rested precariously on the goodwill of Indians. In this remarkable exploration of British rule in India, Lawrence James chronicles the astonishing heroism that created it, the mixture of compromise and firmness that characterized it, and the twists and turns of the independence struggle that ended it.
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List price: $29.99
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 8/12/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 768
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.464
Language: English

Lawrence James writes history for the general reader. He is the author of The Savage Wars: British Campaigns in Africa, 1870-1920, The Golden Warrior: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia, and, most recently, Raj: The Making and Unmaking of British India. He lives in St Andrews where he is a part-time tutor at the University.

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The Company Ascendant: 1740-84
Prologue: Mughal Twilight
A Glorious Prospect: Robert Clive's Wars, 1740-55
New Strength from Conquest: Bengal, 1755-65
An Empire Within an Empire: British Reactions to Indian Conquests
The Conquest of India: 1784-1856
No Retreat: Grand Strategy and Small Wars, 1784-1826
The Cossack and the Sepoy: Misadventures of an Asian Power, 1826-42
The cast of a Die: The Sind and the Sikhs, 1843-49
Robust Bodies and Obstinate Minds: An Anatomy of Conquest
The Raj Consolidated: 1784-1856
European Gentlemen: India's New Ruling Class
Utility and Beneficence: British Visions and Indian Realities
Gradual and Mild Correction: Taxing and Policing India
A Hearty Desire: Sex, Religion and the Raj
The Mutiny: 1857-59
The Sahib Paid No Attention: The Raj Imperilled, January-July 1857
Very Harrowing Work: The Raj Resurgent, August 1857-January 1859
Like Elephants on Heat: Anglo-Indian Reactions to the Mutiny
Triumphs and Tremors: 1860-1914
Low and Steady Pressure: The Exercise of Absolute Power
Not as Relics but as Rulers: India's Princes
We are British Subjects: Loyalty and Dissent, 1860-1905
Not Worth the Candle: Wars, Real and Imaginary, 1854-1914
Never at Peace: India's Frontiers and Armies
Conciliatory Sugar Plums: Compromise and Coercion, 1906-14
Disturbances and Departures: 1914-48
True to Our Salt: India and the First World War, 1914-18
Strong Passion: Amritsar and After, 1919-22
This Wonderful Land: Anglo-Indian Perspectives
A Great Trial of Strength: Power Struggles, 1922-42
A Bad Knock: India at War, January-July 1942
An Occupied and Hostile Country: India at War, August 1942-August 1945
What Are We Here For?: September 1945-February 1947
Was It Too Quick?: Dividing and Departing, March-September 1947
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