An extraordinary story of romance, 1947, and divided loyalties -- set against the backdrop of one of the most dramatic events of the twentieth centuryThe stroke of midnight on August 15, history, liberated 400 million people from the British Empire. Picador USA. With the loss of india, britain ceased to be a superpower, its greatest colony, and its king ceased to sign himself Rex Imperator.
This defining moment of world history had been brought about by a handful of people. Their romance developed alongside cold War conspiracies, the beginning of a terrible conflict in Kashmir, and an epic sweep of events that saw one million people killed and ten million dispossessed. Steeped in the private papers and reflections of the participants, Alex von Tunzelmann's Indian Summer reveals, in vivid, exhilarating detail, how the actions of a few extraordinary people changed the lives of millions and determined the fate of nations.
Within hours of the midnight chimes, their dreams of freedom and democracy would turn to chaos, bloodshed, and war. Behind the scenes, a secret personal drama was also unfolding, as Edwina Mountbatten and Jawaharlal Nehru began a passionate love affair. Among them were jawaharlal nehru, the fiery indian prime minister; mohammed Ali Jinnah, the mystical figure who enthralled a nation; and Louis and Edwina Mountbatten, the leader of the new Islamic Republic of Pakistan; Mohandas Gandhi, the glamorous but unlikely couple who had been dispatched to get Britain out of India.
Midnight's Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India's Partition
Hajari writes with grace, precision, and an unerring eye for detail. An npr book of the yeara Seattle Times Book of the YearWilliam E. Midnight’s Furies is the best of recent offerings. Wall street Journal. The story of what happens when a composite society comes apart. New york times book review “Makes the complex and tragic story of the great divide into a page-turner.
Guardian “Engaging and incisive. Some of the most brutal and widespread ethnic cleansing in modern history erupted on both sides of the new border, searing a divide between India and Pakistan that remains a root cause of many of today’s most menacing security threats, from jihadi terrorism to nuclear proliferation.
Colby award winner“A beautifully written, deeply intelligent book about a crucial moment. Fareed zakaria, cnn nobody expected the liberation of india and birth of Pakistan to be so violent—it was supposed to be an answer to the dreams of Muslims and Hindus who had been ruled by the British for more than a century.
But as the summer of 1947 approached, hindus, and Sikhs were heavily armed and on edge after a year of riots and gang fighting, Muslims, and the British rushed to leave. Hell broke loose. Based on major new sources, nisid hajari’s revelatory Midnight’s Furies lays out the searing truth about one of the world’s most momentous and least understood tragedies.
Fast-moving and highly readable.
Daughter of Empire: My Life as a Mountbatten
However when war broke out Pamela and her sister were sent to New York to live with Mrs. She also developed a close bond with Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Amid the turmoil, meeting the student leaders who had been released from jail, Pamela came of age, working in the canteen for Allied forces and in a clinic outside Delhi.
Cornelius vanderbilt, while the prime minister appointed her father to be the last Viceroy of India. Her parents’ vast social circle included royalty, film stars, celebrities, and politicians. Lady pamela hicks’s joyously entertaining new memoir, arguably the poshest book that ever has or will be written” Newsweek, is a privileged glimpse into the lives and loves of some of the twentieth century’s leading figures.
Pamela mountbatten entered a remarkable family when she was born in Madrid at the very end of the “Roaring Twenties. Daughter of the glamorous heiress edwina ashley and lord louis Mountbatten, a bush baby, nannies, Pamela spent much of her early life with her sister, chameleons, a honey bear, and servants—not to mention a menagerie of animals that included, at different times, and a mongoose.
Noel coward invited Pamela to watch him film, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Simon Schuster. Dropped in for tea. If you are addicted to downton abbey, chances are that you will relish daughter of Empire, a British aristocrat’s memoir of her childhood and coming of age…She is also a keen observer of a way of life now vanished, except on PBS” The Wall Street Journal.
Not many people remain who can tell stories like Lady Pamela Hicks” Vanity Fair.
The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan, New Edition
. Yasmin khan’s empathetic account gives a great insight into the hopes, dreams, and fears of the millions affected by it. Owen bennett jones, BBC Simon Schuster. A reappraisal of the tumultuous partition and how it ignited long-standing animosities between India and Pakistan This new edition of Yasmin Khan’s reappraisal of the tumultuous India-Pakistan Partition features an introduction reflecting on the latest research and on ways in which commemoration of the Partition has changed, and considers the Partition in light of the current refugee crisis.
Provocative and painful. Times london “many histories of Partition focus solely on the elite policy makers. Reviews of the first edition: “A riveting book on this terrible story. Economist “Unsparing.
Freedom at Midnight
Harper Collins Paperbacks. Simon Schuster. In this reconstruction, collins and lapierre recount the eclipse of the British Raj and examine the roles enacted by, among others, Mahatma Gandhi and Lord Mountbatten in its violent transformation into the new India and Pakistan. On 14 august 1947 one-fifth of humanity claimed their independence in India.
But 400 million people were to find that the immediate price of freedom was partition and war, riot and murder.
Women of the Raj: The Mothers, Wives, and Daughters of the British Empire in India
In the nineteenth century, at the height of colonialism, the British ruled India under a government known as the Raj. British men and women left their homes and traveled to this mysterious, beautiful country–where they attempted to replicate their own society. The women of the raj learned to cope with the harsh indian climate and ward off endemic diseases; they were forced to make their own entertainment–through games, balls, and theatrics–and quickly learned to abide by the deeply ingrained Anglo-Indian love of hierarchy.
Weaving interviews, macmillan presents a vivid cultural and social history of the daughters, letters, and memoirs with a stunning selection of illustrations, sisters, mothers, and wives of the men at the center of a daring imperialist experiment–and reveals India in all its richness and vitality. A marvellous book.
Enduring heartbreaking separations from their families, these women had no choice but to adapt to their strange new home, where they were treated with incredible deference by the natives but found little that was familiar. Used book in Good Condition. In this fascinating portrait, margaret macmillan examines the hidden lives of the women who supported their husbands’ conquests–and in turn supported the Raj, often behind the scenes and out of the history books.
. Women of the raj successfully re-creates a vanished world that continues to hold a fascination long after the sun has set on the British empire.
White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India
Used book in Good Condition. William dalrymple unearths such colourful figures as 'hindoo stuart', who travelled with his own team of Brahmins to maintain his temple of idols, Kirkpatrick's counterpart in Delhi, and who spent many years trying to persuade the memsahibs of Calcutta to adopt the sari; and Sir David Ochterlony, who took all thirteen of his wives out for evening promenades, each on the back of their own elephant.
In white mughals, william dalrymple discovers a world almost entirely unexplored by history, and places at its centre a compelling tale of love, seduction and betrayal. But such things were not unknown; from the early sixteenth century, when the Inquisition banned the Portuguese in Goa from wearing the dhoti, to the eve of the Indian mutiny, the 'white Mughals' who wore local dress and adopted Indian ways were a source of embarrassments to successive colonial administrations.
White mughals, the product of five years' writing and research, triumphantly confirms Dalrymple's reputation as one of the finest writers at work today. It possesses all the sweep and resonance of a great nineteenth-century novel, set against a background of shifting alliances and the manoeuvring of the great powers, the mercantile ambitions of the British and the imperial dreams of Napoleon.
Simon Schuster. Penguin Books. Instead, he fell in love with khair and overcame many obstacles to marry her—not least of which was the fact that she was locked away in purdah and engaged to a local nobleman. White mughals is the romantic and ultimately tragic tale of a passionate love affair that crossed and transcended all the cultural, religious and political boundaries of its time.
India Remembered: A Personal Account of the Mountbattens During the Transfer of Power
In march 1947 lord louis mountbatten became the last Viceroy of India, with the mandate to hand over "the jewel in the crown" of the British Empire within one year. With anecdotes from her writings and a collection of atmospheric photographs, this account paints a clear picture of an extraordinary transitional period in history.
Used book in Good Condition. Mountbatten worked with various leaders to devise a plan for partitioning the empire into two independent sovereign states. Penguin Books. Simon Schuster. Harper Collins Paperbacks. During the remainder of his term, his daughter pamela kept a diary recounting this remarkable time—from trips to Calcutta, Madras, Orissa, and Assam to the exotic palaces of Indian rulers and the Rajputs in Central and Western India, Bombay, and the imperial palace-cities built by the mughals.
The Shadow of the Great Game: The Untold Story of Indias Partition
Realizing that indian nationalists would not play the Great Game against the Soviet Union, the British settled for those willing to do so, using Islam as a political tool in pursuit of their objectives. Historians and political analysts have not paid enough attention to the crucial link between Indias partition and British fears about the USSR gaining control of Central Asia.
How this operation was conceived and carried out forms the theme of this untold story of India's partition. Narendra singh sarila unearths top-secret documents which throw new light on several prominent political figures of the era, while bringing out little-known facts about the pressure that the US exerted on Britain to grant India her independence.
The author also traces the roots of the present Kashmir imbroglio in this fascinating account. Penguin Books. Simon Schuster. Used book in Good Condition. Harper Collins Paperbacks.
Daughter of Empire: My Life as a Mountbatten
Penguin Books. Pamela mountbatten entered a remarkable family when she was born at the very end of the Roaring Twenties. Harper Collins Paperbacks. Used book in Good Condition. Simon Schuster. Amid the turmoil of political change, developed warm friendships with Gandhi and Nehru, Pamela worked with student leaders, and witnessed both the joy of Independence Day and its terrible aftermath.
Her parents each had lovers who lived openly with the family. As the younger daughter of the glamorous heiress edwina ashley and Lord Louis Mountbatten, at different times, nannies, a bear, Pamela spent much of her early life with her sister, a mongoose, two wallabies, and servants—and a menagerie that included, and a lion.
Cornelius Vanderbilt. Used book in Good Condition. In 1947, her parents were appointed to be the last viceroy and vicereine of India and oversee the transfer of power to an independent Indian government. When world war ii broke out, lord mountbatten was in command of HMS Kelly before being appointed chief of Combined Operations, and Pamela and her sister were sent to live on Fifth Avenue in New York City with Mrs.
Vivid and engaging, well-paced and superbly detailed, this witty, intimate memoir is an enchanting lens through which to view the early part of the twentieth century. The house was always full of guests like sir Winston Churchill, Noël Coward, Douglas Fairbanks, and the Duchess of Windsor who brought a cold cooked chicken as a hostess gift.
This magical memoir about a singular childhood in England and India by the daughter of Lord Louis and Edwina Mountbatten provides a privileged glimpse into the lives and loves of some of the twentieth century’s leading figures.
Whitewashing Britain: Race and Citizenship in the Postwar Era
Simon Schuster. Simultaneously, recruited irish citizens and european refugees to work in Britain, Canada, it subsidized the emigration of Britons to Australia, and other parts of the Empire, and used regulatory changes to dissuade British subjects of color from coming to the United Kingdom. Used book in Good Condition.
Paul finds the politics of citizenship in contemporary Britain still haunted by a mixture of imperial, economic, and demographic imperatives. According to standard historiography, british public opinion forced the Conservative government to introduce legislation stemming the flow of dark-skinned immigrants and thereby altering an expansive nationality policy that had previously allowed all British subjects free entry into the United Kingdom.
Kathleen paul challenges the usual explanation for the racism of post-war British policy. Paul's extensive archival research shows, however, that the racism of ministers and senior functionaries led rather than followed public opinion. Used book in Good Condition. Paul contends post-war concepts of citizenship were based on a contradiction between the formal definition of who had the right to enter Britain and the informal notion of who was, or could become, really British.
Whitewashing britain extends this analysis to contemporary issues, such as the fierce engagement in the Falklands War and the curtailment of citizenship options for residents of Hong Kong. Harper Collins Paperbacks. In the late 1940s, massive economic dislocations caused by the war, the Labour government faced a birthrate perceived to be in decline, a huge national debt, severe labor shortages, and the prospective loss of international preeminence.