‘The Nation Within’: British India at War 1939–1947

C. A. Bayly

in Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 125, 2003 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263242
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734014 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

‘The Nation Within’: British India at War 1939–1947

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This lecture discusses the remarkable recovery of British India and the Indian army that made the reconquest of Burma and Malaya possible. The Indian army is shown to have displayed a number of strengths during its final years, such as its reorganisation and provision with new equipment. It was also given a higher political profile, and Indian soldiers were given new initiatives by their commanders. The lecture determines that the final campaign of the Indian army helped create the social order of the new nations of the Subcontinent.

Keywords: British India; Indian army; Burma and Malaya; final campaign; social order; new Subcontinent nations

Chapter.  9040 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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