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Keeping the jewel in the crown : the British betrayal of India

Author: Walter Reid
Publisher: Edinburgh : Birlinn Limited, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"When India became independent in 1947, the general view, which has prevailed until now, is that Britain had been steadily working for an amicable transfer of power for decades. In this book Walter Reid argues that nothing could be further from the truth. With reference to a vast amount of documentary material, from private letters to public records and state papers, he shows how Britain held back political progress  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Reid
ISBN: 1780273363 9781780273365
OCLC Number: 930664655
Description: x, 288 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
The End of Empire --
The Argument --
2. The Back story --
The Reasons for Empire --
The Indian Background --
The Cultural Divide --
3. The Morley-Minto Reforms --
4. The Impact of the First World War --
5. The Montagu --
Chelmsford Reforms --
India after the War --
Montagu --
Chelmsford --
Montagu --
Chelmsford --
The Thinking behind the Reforms --
The Reaction in India --
The Reaction in Britain --
6. Gandhi --
7. Amritsar --
8. Rufus Isaacs, First Marquess of Reading --
9. British Politics between the Wars --
10. Lord Irwin --
11. F.E. Smith and the Simon Commission --
12. Empire, Dominions and Commonwealth --
Birth of Dominion --
How Independent Were the Dominions? --
Commonwealth: the End of Empire? --
13. The Irwin Declaration --
14. Simon and Irwin Collide: the Political Reaction --
15. Reaction to the Declaration in India --
16. The Gandhi --
Irwin Pact --
17. The Round-table Conferences --
18. Willingdon --
19. Confusion within the Conservative Party --
Baldwin and the St George's Election --
Pressure Groups --
20. Looking Behind Churchill's Words --
21. The Background to the India Bill: Civil War in the Conservative Party --
22. Churchill and the Privileges Committee --
23. The Legislation --
24. After the Act --
25. Rab Butler --
26. Linlithgow: A New Viceroy for the New Act --
27. Indian Politics --
28. Policy and the War --
29. Amery --
30. Military Developments --
31. Stafford Cripps --
Mission One (1939) --
Moscow (1940 --
42) --
32. Preparation for the Mission of 1942 --
33. Cripps in India --
Deadlock --
American Influence --
34. Failure of the Mission --
35. Quit India --
36. Government Policy Post-Cripps --
37. Wavell --
38. Wavell as Viceroy --
39. The Simla Conference --
40. A New World --
Collapse of Morale --
The Red Peril --
Official Thinking after the Second World War --
41. India in 1945 --
42. The Cabinet Mission --
43. After the Failure of the Mission --
Wavell under Attlee --
44. The Last Viceroy --
45. Mountbatten's Instructions --
46. The View from Whitehall --
47. The Princely States --
48. The Final Plan --
49. Commonwealth and Independence --
50. Endgame --
Drawing Lines on the Map --
Last Days --
After the Awards --
51. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Walter Reid.

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