The Indian Army and the end of the Raj

Marston, Daniel, author

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  • Creator Daniel Marston, The Australian National University
  • Format Books
  • Publication Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
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  • Physical Details
    • xi, 386 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9780521899758, 0521899753
  • OCLC ocn863632047


  • "The Partition of British India in 1947 resulted in the establishment of the independent states of India and Pakistan and the end of the British Raj. The decision to divide British India along religious lines led to widespread upheaval and communal violence in the period leading up to and following the official day of independence, 15 August 1947. In this book, Daniel Marston provides a unique examination of the role of the Indian Army in post-World War II India. He draws upon extensive research into primary source documents and interviews with veterans of the events of 1947 to provide fresh insight into the vital part that the Indian Army played in preserving law and order in the region. This rigorous book fills a significant gap in the historiography of the British in India and will be invaluable to those studying the British Empire and South Asia more generally"--


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 352-374) and index.


  • 1. The bedrock of the Raj : the Indian Army pre-1939 -- 2. The performance of the Indian Army in the Second World War -- 3. Question of loyalty? : the Indian National Army and the Royal Indian Navy mutiny -- 4. The Indian Army in French Indo-China and the Netherlands East Indies -- 5. 1946, year of difficulty : internal security and the rise of communal violence -- 6. Demobilisation, nationalisation and division of the Army in the midst of chaos -- 7. 1947, the year of reckoning and the end of the Raj -- Conclusion: The end of the British Indian Army
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