India's War

India's War

World War II and the Making of Modern South Asia

Book - 2016
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"Between 1939 and 1945 India underwent irreversible change when Indians suddenly found themselves fighting in World War II, and the author paints a picture of battles abroad and life on the home front, arguing that the war is crucial to explaining why colonial rule ended in South Asia,"--NoveList.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2016
ISBN: 9780465030224
046503022X
9781846145414
Branch Call Number: 940.5354 Raghavan
Characteristics: xvii, 554 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Nov 26, 2016

This is an amazing book. This is a subject whose scope I doubt most non-Indian and quite a few Indian people realize. The author is a wonderful and engaging writer. Though it is somewhat technical in terms of the military aspects; i.e., battles fought, tactics used, structure of the British and Indian military forces, the story doesn't get bogged down by these details. I wouldn't classify this as military history, so much as a social history of the war that includes the military aspect.

Learning that there were 2.5 million Indian soldiers who fought in Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and even Europe and what these experiences led to in Indian history was fascinating.

For anyone interested in understanding the dynamics of the 20th Century, this book deserves to be read!

Kudos to Srinath Raghavan!

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