Military History of India and South Asia: From the East India Company to the Nuclear Era

Military History of India and South Asia: From the East India Company to the Nuclear Era

by Daniel P. Marston
     
 

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 are today the states of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. In chapters devoid of academic jargon, leading scholars offer lucid introductions to topics ranging from the rise of the British East India Company,

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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 are today the states of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. In chapters devoid of academic jargon, leading scholars offer lucid introductions to topics ranging from the rise of the British East India Company, to the Indian Army in the First World War, to the rise of national armies and current tensions between India and Pakistan.

Contributors are Rajesh M. Basrur, Raymond Callahan, Bhashyam Kasturi, Daniel P. Marston, Tim Moreman, David Omissi, Douglas M. Peers, Srinath Raghavan, Kaushik Roy, Chandar S. Sundaram, and Channa Wickremesekera.

Indiana University Press

Editorial Reviews

Choice

"Intended for general readers, students, and academics, the volume offers fine summaries as well as stimulating case studies.... Recommended." —Choice

Pacific Affairs
"... one of the first steps towards a deeper understanding of the conflicts in this region as well as helping to reintroduce the study of military history to academia. ... an insightful and lucid analysis...." —Andre Gerolymatos, Simon Fraser University

— Andre Gerolymatos, Simon Fraser University

Asian Affairs
"The historical chapters on the expansion of the East India Company, the martial races and the role of the Indian Army during the First and Second World Wars shed new light on these subjects and make readers aware of new histography." —Harsh Pant, Asian Affairs

— Harsh Pant

R. D. Long

The foreword by noted South Asian military historian Stephen Cohen points out that in spite of the area being the site of a nuclear confrontation over Kashmir, scholars have neglected the military history of South Asia and have not dealt adequately with the themes developed by the "new military history," such as military organization, the role of caste, defense economics, and civil-military relations. This short book of 13 chapters attempts to rectify that situation. Although it is not a comprehensive history, nine of the short chapters cover the pre-independence period. Chapter 8 deals with Indian National Army claims that the INA hastened the departure of the British. The last four chapters cover the Indo-Pakistani wars (1947-49, 1965, 1971, and Kargil in 1999), India's 1962 "hard knock" from China, the Tamil Tigers, and India's nuclear policy. South Asia is facing "asymmetric" war (conflict between an insurrectionary or separatist group and a modern army), with the threat of conventional and nuclear war always lurking in the background. Intended for general readers, students, and academics, the volume offers fine summaries as well as stimulating case studies. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. --ChoiceR. D. Long, Eastern Michigan University, June 2009

Pacific Affairs - Andre Gerolymatos

"... one of the first steps towards a deeper understanding of the conflicts in this region as well as helping to reintroduce the study of military history to academia. ... an insightful and lucid analysis...." —Andre Gerolymatos, Simon Fraser University

Asian Affairs - Harsh Pant

"The historical chapters on the expansion of the East India Company, the martial races and the role of the Indian Army during the First and Second World Wars shed new light on these subjects and make readers aware of new histography." —Harsh Pant, Asian Affairs

From the Publisher
The foreword by noted South Asian military historian Stephen Cohen points out that in spite of the area being the site of a nuclear confrontation over Kashmir, scholars have neglected the military history of South Asia and have not dealt adequately with the themes developed by the "new military history," such as military organization, the role of caste, defense economics, and civil-military relations. This short book of 13 chapters attempts to rectify that situation. Although it is not a comprehensive history, nine of the short chapters cover the pre-independence period. Chapter 8 deals with Indian National Army claims that the INA hastened the departure of the British. The last four chapters cover the Indo-Pakistani wars (1947-49, 1965, 1971, and Kargil in 1999), India's 1962 "hard knock" from China, the Tamil Tigers, and India's nuclear policy. South Asia is facing "asymmetric" war (conflict between an insurrectionary or separatist group and a modern army), with the threat of conventional and nuclear war always lurking in the background. Intended for general readers, students, and academics, the volume offers fine summaries as well as stimulating case studies. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. —ChoiceR. D. Long, Eastern Michigan University, June 2009

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253219992
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.64(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.

Indiana University Press

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