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Indian summer : the secret history of the end of an empire

Author: Alex Von Tunzelmann
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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At midnight on August 15, 1947, 400 million people were liberated from the British Empire. With the loss of India, its greatest colony, Britain ceased to be a superpower. This defining moment was brought about by a handful of people: Jawaharlal Nehru, the fiery Indian prime minister; Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the leader of the new Islamic Republic of Pakistan; Mohandas Gandhi, the mystical figure who enthralled a nation;  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Named Person: Jawaharlal Nehru; Mahomed Ali Jinnah; Gandhi, Mahatma; Louis Mountbatten Mountbatten of Burma, Earl; Edwina Ashley Mountbatten Mountbatten of Burma, Countess
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Von Tunzelmann
ISBN: 9780805080735 0805080732
OCLC Number: 81945363
Description: x, 401 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: A tryst with destiny --
In their gratitude our best reward --
Mohan and Jawahar --
Civis britannicus sum --
Dreaming of the east --
Private lives --
We want no Caesars --
Power without responsibility --
A new theater --
Now or never --
Operation Madhouse --
A barrel of gunpowder --
Lightning speed is much too slow --
A full basket of apples --
A rainbow in the sky --
Paradise on earth --
The battle for Delhi --
Kashmir --
Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow --
A kiss good-bye --
Echoes.
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At midnight on August 15, 1947, 400 million people were liberated from the British Empire. With the loss of India, its greatest colony, Britain ceased to be a superpower. This defining moment was brought about by a handful of people: Jawaharlal Nehru, the fiery Indian prime minister; Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the leader of the new Islamic Republic of Pakistan; Mohandas Gandhi, the mystical figure who enthralled a nation; and Louis and Edwina Mountbatten, the glamorous but unlikely couple sent to get Britain out of India. Within hours, their dreams would turn to chaos, bloodshed, and war. Behind the scenes, a secret personal drama was also unfolding, as Edwina Mountbatten and Jawaharlal Nehru began a passionate love affair. Their romance developed alongside Cold War conspiracies, the beginning of a terrible conflict in Kashmir, and an epic sweep of events that saw one million people killed and ten million dispossessed.

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