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Britain and Indian Nationalism : The Imprint of Amibiguity 1929-1942 - D. A. Low

Britain and Indian Nationalism

The Imprint of Amibiguity 1929-1942

By: D. A. Low

Hardcover Published: 20th November 2014
ISBN: 9780521550178
Number Of Pages: 378

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India's struggle for independence was arguably the most momentous of the twentieth century, and central to it was the generation of powerful nationalist forces. In a series of detailed studies Anthony Low shows how the ambiguity of the British position conditioned the distinctive character of this struggle: how the British determination to hold fast their Indian empire (unlike the Americans in the Philippines) prior to 1942 was nonetheless complemented by a reluctance to resist their nationalist opponents in the unyielding ways of the French in Vietnam and the Dutch in Indochina. Much that Gandhi did, Professor Low concludes, would have been unnecessary in the Philippines and impossible in Indonesia and Vietnam, but astutely fitted the peculiar conditions of the nationalist struggle against the British in India. Published on the fiftieth anniversary of Indian independence, Britain and Indian Nationalism makes a major contribution to the historiography of modern India, to Britain's relations with its empire, and to the history of decolonisation in the twentieth century.

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List of abbreviations
Introduction: contemporary encountersp. 1
Vortex debate: the purna swaraj decision 1929p. 41
Holds barred: anatomy of a satyagraha, Lucknow, May 1930p. 72
Peace with conflict: the Gandhi-Emerson talks, March-August 1931p. 119
Thrust and parry: the Mahatma at bay, 1932-1933p. 174
Which way ahead? Nehru and Congress strategy 1936-1937p. 239
The spider's web: Congress and provincial office 1937-1939p. 268
Working with the grain: Sir Tej Bahadur Sapru and the antecedents to the Cripps Declaration 1942p. 303
Biographical notesp. 345
Indexp. 349
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ISBN: 9780521550178
ISBN-10: 0521550173
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 378
Published: 20th November 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.72