The Raj at War

The Raj at War: A People’s History of India’s Second World War

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, Asian History
Paperback Published on: 02/06/2016
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Synopsis

The Second World War was not fought by Britain alone. India produced the largest volunteer army in world history: over 2 million men. But, until now, there has never been a comprehensive account of India's turbulent home front and the nexus between warfare and India's society. In The Raj at War we hear the myriad voices of ordinary Indian people, from the first Indian to win the Victoria Cross to the three soldiers imprisoned as 'traitors to the Raj' who returned to a hero's welcome, from the nurses in Indian General Hospitals to labourers and their families in remote villages. Yasmin Khan presents the overlooked history of India at war, and shows how mobilisation for the war unleashed seismic processes of economic, cultural and social change - decisively shaping the international war effort, the unravelling of the empire and India's own political trajectory.

"Khan balances analysis, history and human compassion in a narrative that leaves one shaken by her revelations of suffering in a country struggling towards modernity'" - The Sunday Telegraph

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780099542278
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Weight: 309g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm

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