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

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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 ...

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Overview

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

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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—R. D. Long, Eastern Michigan University (01/01/2009)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253219992
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,028,852
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (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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Table of Contents

Foreword (Stephen P. Cohen)
Acknowledgments
Why This Book? (Daniel P. Marston and Chandar S. Sundaram)
1. The Armed Expansion of the English East India Company: 1740s-1849 (Kaushik Roy)
2. The Great Sepoy Mutiny (Raymond Callahan)
3. The Martial Races and the Indian Army in the Victorian Era (Douglas M. Peers)
4. "The Greatest Training Ground in the World": The Army in India and the North-West Frontier, 1901-1947 (Tim Moreman)
5. The Indian Army in the First World War, 1914-1918 (David Omissi)
6. Grudging Concessions: The Officer Corps and Its Indianization, 1817-1940 (Chandar S. Sundaram)
7. A Force Transformed: The Indian Army and the Second World War (Daniel P. Marston)
8. The Indian National Army, 1942-1946: A Circumstantial Force (Chandar S. Sundaram)
9. End of the Raj, 1945-1947 (Daniel P. Marston)
10. The State of War with Pakistan (Bhashyam Kasturi)
11. A Bad Knock: The War with China, 1962 (Srinath Raghavan)
12. Peace through Military Parity? The Tamil Tigers and the Government Forces in Sri Lanka (Channa Wickremesekera)
13. India's Nuclear Policy (Rajesh M. Basrur)
Notes
Index
About the Contributors

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