A Military History of India and South Asia: From the East India Company to the Nuclear Era / Edition 1

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Since September 2001, the Western public has found a renewed interest in South Asia. On the border between the Muslim and non-Muslim world, the region has seen its strategic importance to the West heightened, while the fact that the two major competing regional powers, Pakistan and India, each possess nuclear weapons has raised new anxieties. Given the importance of South Asia to current global conflicts, A Military History of India and South Asia provides a much-needed overview of the military history of the region since 1700, covering the areas that later evolved into the states of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. In chapters devoid of academic jargon, the book provides lucid introductions to various topics, from the rise of the British East India Company, to the Indian Army in the First World War, to the current tensions between India and Pakistan in Kashmir.

With chapters written by established experts, the book makes important contributions to the study of modern South Asian history, British Imperial history, and the history of war and society. It will appeal to students, scholars and laypersons alike with an interest in the social, political and military history of the region. Chapters in the book document the rise of the British East India Company and the uprising of 1857-59, in which the largely Bengali army rose up against the British officer corps, and the subsequent decision by the British Crown to take direct control of India and its army. Further chapters document the colonial Indian Army's role in British imperial wars in Afghanistan and in World Wars I and II. Half of the book explores the development of national armies for India, Pakistan, and, later, Bangladesh, giving accounts of the wars that have torn South Asia since independence, including the Indo-Pakistani wars, the India-China War, and the Sri Lankan War, the continuing conflicts over Kashmir, and the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Complaining that Indian military history has been grossly neglected by the South Asian studies community and by military historians, Marston and Sundaram present a varied collection of 13 papers that both distill work by established scholars and present new and original research on military history in the South Asian subcontinent. As the title implies, the opening paper examines the armed expansion of the English East India Company from the mid-18th to the mid-19th century and the final paper analyzes India's current nuclear policy. Between these bookends are examinations of army training at the Northwest frontier (1901-1947), the performance of the Indian Army in the First World War, the Indianization of the officer corps (1817-1940), the Indian wars with China and Pakistan, and the conflict between the Tamil Tigers and the government forces of Sri Lanka."


Reference & Research Book News

"South Asia's geography and politics is of key interest to the developing nations, and so A Military History of India and South Asia From the East India Company to the Nuclear Era should be on the shelves of any college-level collection, whether it be military or civilian in nature. Collections also strong in Asian history and culture will find this history important: it surveys the region since 1700, covering major conflicts, ideological and social differences, military encounters, and more. Experts contribute chapters strongly supported by source materials and research."


The Bookwatch

"This is both a solid introduction and also a thought-provoking text for those with some prior knowledge of the Indian Army."


The Bulletin of the Military Historical Society

"This volume contains 13 first-rate essays by new South Asian scholars. They demonstrate that East India Company trade depended upon military superiority; that the British learned how to strengthen ties between officers and sepoys after the 1857 mutiny; and that crystallization of the martial race theory was part of imperial strategy….Highly recommended. All levels/libraries."



". . . those who are interested in the military history of South Asia since the mid-eighteenth century will find it a great pleasure to read."


Army History

Intended for general readers, students, and academics, the volume offers fine summaries as well as stimulating case studies. Summing Up: Recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275985707
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2006
  • Series: Praeger Security International Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel P. Marston is Senior Lecturer in the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst (U.K.) and author of Phoenix from the Ashes:
The Indian Army in the Burma Campaign.

Chandar S. Sundaram teaches South Asian, Southeast Asian, European, and military history at The United International College in Zhuhai, China.

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Table of Contents

Foreword   Stephen P. Cohen     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Why This Book?   Daniel P. Marston   Chandar S. Sundaram     xi
The Armed Expansion of the English East India Company: 1740s-1849   Kaushik Roy     1
The Great Sepoy Mutiny   Raymond Callahan     16
The Martial Races and the Indian Army in the Victorian Era   Douglas M. Peers     34
"The Greatest Training Ground in the World": The Army in India and the North-West Frontier, 1901-1947   Tim Moreman     53
The Indian Army in the First World War, 1914-1918   David Omissi     74
Grudging Concessions: The Officer Corps and Its Indianization, 1817-1940   Chandar S. Sundaram     88
A Force Transformed: The Indian Army and the Second World War   Daniel P. Marston     102
The Indian National Army, 1942-1946: A Circumstantial Force   Chandar S. Sundaram     123
End of the Raj, 1945-1947   Daniel P. Marston     131
The State of War with Pakistan   Bhashyam Kasturi     139
A Bad Knock: The War with China, 1962   Srinath Raghavan     157
Peace through Military Parity? The Tamil Tigers and the Government Forces in Sri Lanka   ChannaWickremesekera     175
India's Nuclear Policy   Rajesh M. Basrur     186
Notes     197
Index     225
About the Contributors     237
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