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

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

by Denis Judd
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ISBN-13: 9780192805799
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 03/19/2010
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

1. 'To fly to India for gold': Early Contacts, 1583-1615
2. 'Infamous for their honest endeavours': Laying Foundations, 1615-1708
3. Conquest and Corruption: The Struggle for Supremacy, 1708-1815
4. 'The great ends we have in view': The East India Company as Paramount Power, 1815-1857
5. 'The devil's wind': The Great Indian Uprising, or Mutiny of 1857-1858
6. Lords of All They Surveyed? The Raj at its Zenith, 1858-1905
7. The Beginning of the End? Reform and Conflict, 1905-1919
8. Gandhi and the Fightback of Indian Nationalism, 1919-1939
9. 'Engine of War' or the Enemy Within? India, 1939-1945
10. 'Tryst with Destiny': Freedom and Partition, 1945-1947
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Lion and the Tiger: The Rise and Fall of the British Raj, 1600-1947 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
iftyzaidi on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A distinctly ordinary history of the British in India. Its short and written in very readable prose, which may make it useful for a those looking for a quick overview. However it is very weak in the East India Company era and seems not to have kept up with newer research and interpretations of Partition. There are a few glaring factual errors (Mountbatten had a "distinguished record of active service in the navy"? Seriously? The Mughal Emperor Jahangir "granted Surat as a factory" to the east India Company in 1612? What, the whole city? One of the largest and most flourishing ports in the world at the time and the entrepot to the commerce of northern India? Seriously?) and more problematically some questionable matters of interpretation. (The Muslim League came to dominate the Muslim vote in the 40s due solely to a "more energetic" election campaign? Hastings was not corrupt? Seriously?).But much of these problems lie to either end of the period about which Judd is writing. Where he is on much firmer ground and where the book excels is in the period from after the Mutiny till the Second World War. The final chapter, however, is another let down, as Judd first poses the major questions and debates surrounding British rule in India and then proceeds to not answer them, instead providing a variety of quotes from contemporaries about how they felt about the Raj.