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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263242

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263242.001.0001

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‘The Nation Within’: British India at War 1939–1947

‘The Nation Within’: British India at War 1939–1947

Raleigh Lecture on History

(p.264) (p.265) ‘The Nation Within’: British India at War 1939–1947
Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 125, 2003 Lectures

C. A. Bayly

British Academy

This lecture discusses the remarkable recovery of British India and the Indian army that made the reconquest of Burma and Malaya possible. The Indian army is shown to have displayed a number of strengths during its final years, such as its reorganisation and provision with new equipment. It was also given a higher political profile, and Indian soldiers were given new initiatives by their commanders. The lecture determines that the final campaign of the Indian army helped create the social order of the new nations of the Subcontinent.

Keywords:   British India, Indian army, Burma and Malaya, final campaign, social order, new Subcontinent nations

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