Lion and the Tiger: The Rise and Fall of the British Raj, 1600-1947

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By the end of the Napoleonic Wars, after a series of titanic struggles against the French and various local rulers during the eighteenth century, Britain had gained mastery of the subcontinent. This period, and the century and a half that followed, saw two powerful cultures locked in an often bloody battle over political control, land, trade and a way of life.
In The Lion and the Tiger, Denis Judd tells the fascinating story of the British impact upon India, capturing the essence of what the Raj really meant both for the British and their Indian subjects. Judd examines virtually every aspect of this long and controversial relationship, from the first tentative contacts between East and West, the foundation of the East India Company in 1600, the Victorian Raj in all its pomp and splendor, Gandhi's revolutionary tactics to overthrow the Raj and restore India to the Indians, and Lord Mountbatten's "swift surgery of partition" in 1947, creating the independent Commonwealth states of India and Pakistan. Against this epic backdrop, and using many revealing contemporary accounts, Judd explores the consequences of British rule for both rulers and ruled. Were the British intent on development or exploitation? Were they the "civilizing force" they claimed? What were Britain's greatest legacies--democracy and the rule of law, or cricket and an efficient railway system?
Vividly written, based on extensive research, with many new and colorful documentary extracts and literary sources to illustrate the story, The Lion and the Tiger provides an engaging account of a key moment in British Imperial history.
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"This concise, elegantly written history of the British experience in India holds interest for both experts and general readers. Judd has total command of his material, with interesting stories to tell at every turn."--Foreign Affairs

"The history of British India is a dense, riveting, and hotly contested subject. It is also difficult to summarize, which makes Judd's synopsis both rare and welcome.'--New York Sun

"An excellent introduction to the rise and fall of the British Raj, accurate, succinct, and engaging."--Stanley Wolpert, author of A New History of India and Gandhi's Passion

"A short, clear but wide-ranging account of a tangled and uneasy relationship."--Sunday Telegraph

Foreign Affairs
This concise, elegantly written history of the British experience in India holds interest for both experts and general readers. Judd has total command of his material, with interesting stories to tell at every turn. His account is filled with quotations and anecdotes that vividly capture the spirit of the times. The early British competition with the French, the Portuguese, and the Dutch is covered without the usual confusion over a series of oddly named wars, and his telling of the rise of the British East India Company and the transition to imperial rule illustrates the ambivalence of the British. Judd objectively covers the emergence of Indian nationalism and the struggle for independence but ultimately withholds judgment on whether this story is a positive or a negative one, whether the British developed India or exploited it. What he is sure of is that it is astonishingly complex and one of the truly great stories of world history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192803580
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Denis Judd is Professor of British Imperial and Commonwealth History, at the London Metropolitan University. He is the author of numerous books, including the best-selling Empire: The British Imperial Experience from 1865 to the Present (which was second on the best selling London hardback list) and most recently, The Boer War.

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
1 'To fly to India for gold': Early Contacts, 1583-1615 1
2 'Infamous for their honest endeavours': Laying Foundations, 1615-1708 14
3 Conquest and Corruption: The Struggle for Supremacy, 1708-1815 28
4 'The great ends we have in view': The East India Company as Paramount Power, 1815-1857 46
5 'The devil's wind': The Great Indian Uprising, or Mutiny, of 1857-1858 70
6 Lords of All they Surveyed? The Raj at its Zenith, 1858-1905 91
7 The Beginning of the End? Reform and Conflict, 1905-1919 114
8 Gandhi and the Fightback of Indian Nationalism, 1919-1939 125
9 'Engine of War' or the Enemy Within? India, 1939-1945 151
10 'Tryst with Destiny': Freedom and Partition, 1945-1947 166
Epilogue 191
Chronology 201
Sources for Quotations 205
Bibliography 215
Index 223
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