A British Tale of Indian and Foreign Service: The Memoirs of Sir Ian Scott

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The memoirs of Sir Ian Scott are an important contribution to our understanding of Britain's history from before the Second World War until the late 1960s. Setting down his recollections of a long and distinguished career spent mainly in the Indian Civil Service but also as a Foreign Office official and finally as a British ambassador, Sir Ian paints an entertaining and illuminating picture of many different places. Among the great events which the book covers are the growth of Indian nationalism and the ...

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Overview

The memoirs of Sir Ian Scott are an important contribution to our understanding of Britain's history from before the Second World War until the late 1960s. Setting down his recollections of a long and distinguished career spent mainly in the Indian Civil Service but also as a Foreign Office official and finally as a British ambassador, Sir Ian paints an entertaining and illuminating picture of many different places. Among the great events which the book covers are the growth of Indian nationalism and the partition of the subcontinent in 1947, as well as the post-war crises in the Congo and Lebanon. Sir Ian Scott paints vivid portraits of powerful public figures such as Mountbatten, Wavell, Nehru, Jinnah, de Gaulle, Bevan, George Brown and Barbara Castle.

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Scott's career was spent mainly in the Indian Civil Service, but he was also a Foreign Office official and a British ambassador in Africa and Norway. His memoir describes a time when Britain's global standing was coming increasingly under threat. He describes the daily routine of imperial administration and provides insights into the unfolding of great historical events, with a keen awareness of the foibles and noble qualities of India's last two viceroys. His stories of his time as a diplomat in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe are equally revealing. The editor is professor of imperial and commonwealth history at the University of North London. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860643804
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/4/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Glossary
Editor's Preface
Maps
Editor's Introduction 1
Pt. I India
1 Early Years 11
2 A Passage to India 30
3 The Daily Round 37
4 The North-West Frontier of India: 1940-41 57
5 British Policy on the Frontier 75
6 Chitral, a Different World 94
7 The War and Peshawar 112
8 'Willingly to School': Principal of Islamia College 126
9 Viceroys and Independence: Wavell and Mountbatten 139
Pt. II Foreign and Commonwealth Service
10 Finland Interlude 161
11 Lebanon Before the Troubles Began 178
12 The Imperial Defence College 194
13 'Tumbled House', the Congo 198
14 Sudan, Post-imperial Transition 202
15 To Norway by Sail: George Brown and Diplomacy 222
16 Suffolk but no Retirement: Business, Local Government, Schools and Sailing 240
Index 271
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