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Keeping the Jewel in the Crown
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ISBN:
9781780273365
Categories
History, New Releases, Politics & Current Affairs
Imprint
Birlinn
Publication Date
19 May 2016
Format
Hardback
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn
Extent
224
Illustrations
8pp b/w plates

Keeping the Jewel in the Crown

The British Betrayal of India

   

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‘a thorough and hard-hitting account…presented with clarity and sobriety' – BBC History Magazine

'Given the author, Walter Reid is a hugely admired and respected writer on military and political history whose research is incredibly impressive, his viewpoint should not be ignored. Keeping the Jewel in the Crown is an incredibly readable work of non-fiction that deserves to be read’ – LoveReading.co.uk

When India became independent in 1947, the general view, which has prevailed until now, is that Britain had been steadily working for an amicable transfer of power for decades. In this book Walter Reid argues that nothing could be further from the truth. With reference to a vast amount of documentary material, from private letters to public records and state papers, he shows how Britain held back political progress in India for as long as possible – a policy which led to unimaginable chaos and suffering when independence was granted, and which created a legacy of hatred and distrust that continues to this day.

Walter Reid studied at the universities of Oxford and Edinburgh. He has written a number of acclaimed books of military and political history, including Churchill: Under Friendly Fire and Empire of Sand: How Britain Made the Middle East.






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