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

by Daniel P. Marston D. Phil.
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0275985709

ISBN-13: 9780275985707

Pub. Date: 12/30/2006

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

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

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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.

Product Details

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

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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