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Author Low, D. A. (Donald Anthony), 1927-

Title Britain and Indian Nationalism : the imprint of ambiguity 1929-1942 / D.A. Low
Published London [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997


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Description xv, 358 pages map : 23 cm
Contents 1. Introduction: contemporary encounters -- 2. Vortex debate: the purna swaraj decision 1929 -- 3. Holds barred: anatomy of a satyagraha, Lucknow, May 1930 -- 4. Peace with conflict: the Gandhi-Emerson talks, March-August 1931 -- 5. Thrust and parry: the Mahatma at bay, 1932-1933 -- 6. Which way ahead? Nehru and Congress strategy 1936-1937 -- 7. The spider's web: Congress and provincial office 1937-1939 -- 8. Working with the grain: Sir Tej Bahadur Sapru and the antecedents to the Cripps Declaration 1942
Summary India's struggle for independence was arguably the most momentous of the twentieth century, and central to it was the generation of powerful nationalist forces. In a series of detailed studies Anthony Low shows how the ambiguity of the British position conditioned the distinctive character of this struggle: how the British determination to hold fast their Indian empire (unlike the Americans in the Philippines) prior to 1942 was nonetheless complemented by a reluctance to resist their nationalist opponents in the unyielding ways of the French in Vietnam and the Dutch in Indochina. Much that Gandhi did, Professor Low concludes, would have been unnecessary in the Philippines and impossible in Indonesia and Vietnam, but astutely fitted the peculiar conditions of the nationalist struggle against the British in India. Published on the fiftieth anniversary of Indian independence, Britain and Indian Nationalism makes a major contribution to the historiography of modern India, to Britain's relations with its empire, and to the history of decolonisation in the twentieth century.--Publisher description
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Nationalism -- India -- History.
India -- History -- British occupation, 1765-1947.
India -- Politics and government -- 1919-1947.
LC no. 96049356
ISBN 0521550173 (hb)
0521892619 (paperback)