Armies Of The Raj

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"The stories are glorious and told with zest and verve."—Washington Times
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Elizabeth Longford
“Now that the Raj has gone with the winds of change, Byron Farwell's masterly picture is doubly welcome, . . . whether emphasizing the jewels in its military crown, the Jam Sahibs in its cricket matches, the mutinies, massacres, and finally Independence. Salaam!”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With a profusion of anecdotes conveying the character of India under British rule, Farwell ( Eminent Victorian Soldiers ) offers a panoramic survey of the Indian Army during the 90 years between the Sepoy Revolt and the births of independent India and Pakistan. Warfare, however, is not the focus here; instead, the author investigates military recruiting strategies and organization, relations between the colonists and the colonized, and the fluctuating state of morale. Manned mostly by Indians yet led by the British, the army campaigned against boredom nearly as often as it defended the North-West frontier. Farwell is particularly entertaining on the subjects of polo playing, tiger hunting, pig-sticking and promiscuous romancing--all popular forms of relaxation for army men. Other matters of interest include discussion of the Sikhs, whose innate ferocity was fully exploited by the British, and an account of the 1919 massacre at Amritsar--a catalytic event that convinced many that the British would never accept Indians as equals. Photos. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393308020
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1991
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,113,898
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

During the Second World War, Byron Farwell (1921–1999) served as a captain of engineers attached to the Mediterranean Allied Air Force in the British Eighth Army area.
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