Srinath Raghavan's India's War: World War II and the Making of Modern South PDF

By Srinath Raghavan

ISBN-10: 046503022X

ISBN-13: 9780465030224

Between 1939 and 1945 India underwent notable and irreversible switch. thousands of Indians all at once discovered themselves in uniform, struggling with within the center East, North and East Africa, Europe and-something easily by no means imagined-against a jap military poised to invade jap India. With the specter of the Axis powers looming, the total state used to be pulled into the vortex of wartime mobilization. by means of the war's finish, the Indian military had turn into the biggest volunteer strength within the clash, which includes 2.5 million males, whereas many hundreds of thousands extra had provided their commercial, agricultural, and armed forces hard work. It used to be transparent that India could by no means be same-the simply query used to be: might the battle attempt push the rustic towards or clear of independence?

In India's War, historian Srinath Raghavan paints a compelling photograph of battles out of the country and of lifestyles at the domestic entrance, arguing that the battle is important to explaining how and why colonial rule resulted in South Asia. international warfare II eternally altered the country's social panorama, overturning many Indians' settled assumptions and starting up new possibilities for the nation's such a lot deprived humans. whilst the airborne dirt and dust of conflict settled, India had emerged as an enormous Asian strength together with her ft set firmly at the direction towards Independence.

From Gandhi's early urging in aid of Britain's battle efforts, to the an important Burma crusade, the place Indian forces broke the siege of Imphal and stemmed the western improve of Imperial Japan, Raghavan brings this underexplored theater of WWII to vibrant lifestyles. the 1st significant account of India in the course of international warfare II, India's War chronicles how the battle without end remodeled India, its economic climate, its politics, and its humans, laying the basis for the emergence of contemporary South Asia and the increase of India as an enormous power.

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