The making of India : the untold story of British enterprise

Lalvani, Kartar, author
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  • Creator Kartar Lalvani
  • Format Books
  • Publication London : Bloomsbury Continuum, 2016. ©2016
  • Physical Details
    • x, 433 pages : illustrations, 1 map, portraits ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9781472924827, 1472924827, 9781472924841, 9781472924834
  • OCLC ocn942849497


  • The story of this book begins in the seventeenth century, when a small sea-faring island, one tenth the size of the Indian subcontinent, despatched sailing ships over 11,000 miles on a five-month trading journey in search of new opportunities. In the end they helped build a new nation. The sheer audacity and scale of such an endeavour, the courage and enterprise, have no parallel in world history. This book is the first to assess in a single volume almost all aspects of Britain s remarkable contribution in providing India with its lasting institutional and physical infrastructure, which continues to underpin the world s largest democracy in the twenty-first century.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 414-424) and index.


  • Machine generated contents note: 1. The Argument: Balance and Perspective -- 2. The East India Company: Ambitions to Rule the Waves -- 3. Routes to India -- 4. Ships and Shipbuilding: The Age of Steam -- 5. Ports, Harbours and Lighthouses -- 6. Canals and Water Supplies -- 7. Roads: Leaving No Stone Unturned -- 8. Mail Services, the Telegraph and the Telephone -- 9. Railways: A Network is Built with Incredible Speed -- 10. Locomotive Workshops and the Manufacture of Rolling Stock -- 11. Bridge Building -- 12. Foundries, Iron and Steel: The Rise of Indian Self-Sufficiency -- 13. Extraction Industry Development -- 14. Electricity Generation -- 15. India Adopts the Tram -- 16. The Textile and Jute Industries -- 17. Sugar, Tea and Coffee Industries -- 18. Early Air Services -- 19. Establishing an Administrative Infrastructure -- 20. Education and Health: Engineering and Medical Colleges -- 21. Indian Heritage and Culture: Conservation, Restoration and Appreciation -- 22. Diaspora: Migration and Opportunity
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