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The Raj at War

Yasmin Khan


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PUBLISHED: 2nd June 2016
ISBN: 9780099542278
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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.
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  • Paperback
    $29.81
PUBLISHED: 2nd June 2016
ISBN: 9780099542278
ANNOTATION:
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.

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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.

Publisher Description

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.

Author Biography

Yasmin Khan is a British writer and historian. She is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Kellogg College. Her first book, The Great Partition- The Making of India and Pakistan, won the Gladstone Prize from the Royal Historical Society in 2007 and was longlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2008.

Review

This fascinating book tells the story of World War Two's impact on India: the shattering of the ordered relations which underpinned the Raj making its end inevitable. It's also a much needed reminder of India's contribution to that war -- Mark Tully This fascinating book tells the story of World War Two's impact on India: the shattering of the ordered relations which underpinned the Raj making its end inevitable. It's also a much needed reminder of India's contribution to that war -- Mark Tully Remarkable Account... Compassionate, judicious and brilliantly readable, this is a compelling account of a dramatic, but little examined, aspect of history Daily Mail Yasmin Khan...offers a richly researched social history of wartime India that is peppered with fascinating detail The Economist A fascinating, vividly written history full of surprises, some of them shocking The Times Unprecedented in scope...rich both in detail and in its unique insights... Khan's history has paved the way for a more complex understanding of the Second World War as India's War -- Vinay Lal Indian Express A striking example of people's history, packed with anecdotes, memories and information about a shared but largely unwritten global past Guardian The Second World War is one of the most written-about episodes in all world history: every month sees a dozen new titles published. Yet, astonishingly, The Raj at War breaks new ground on almost every page -- William Dalrymple Spectator Almost impossible to put down New Statesman Exceptional...balances analysis, history and human compassion in a narrative that leaves one shaken -- Juliet Nicolson, 5 stars Daily Telegraph

Prizes

Long-listed for Tata Literature Live! 2015 (UK)
Long-listed for The PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History 2016 (UK)

Review Text

"Exceptional...balances analysis, history and human compassion in a narrative that leaves one shaken"

Promotional "Headline"

The story of India's home front in the Second World War, as told by the many lost voices of Indian soldiers and civilians

Product Details

Author
Yasmin Khan
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Year
2016
ISBN-10
0099542277
ISBN-13
9780099542278
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2016-06-02
Subtitle
A People's History of India's Second World War
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Media
Book
Pages
432
Short Title
The Raj at War
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade