British Military Policy in India 1900-1945 : Colonial Constraints and Declining Power

By: Anirudh Deshpande

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Contents Preface. Introduction. The contours of British Military Policy in India. 1. Reform and retrenchment following the Great War. 2. Military reform revisited Indianization in colonial India (1900 1939). 3. Modernizing the Indian Armed Forces the inter war period. 4. Recruitment demobilization and disaffection 1939 1946. Conclusion. Decolonization vs. colonial over stretch a resume. Bibliography. Index. The decline of British imperialism had far reaching colonial and post colonial consequences. British Policy and Indian history for obvious reasons unfolded in the foreground of this decline from 1900 onwards. This volume contextualizes crucial aspects of modern India's military past. It contends that British imperialism like all empires declined due to its inherent contradictions. Managing the military affairs of the British Raj comprised a crucial element of these contradictions. While mentioning the challenges posed by India's military system to British policy this volume highlights the tension between the imperatives of reform and the compulsions of economy and traditions felt both by the British and Indians involved in managing colonial military affairs. Between 1900 and 1939 the colonial Indian War machine could be refurbished only up to a point primarily because of the very system which had produced it. The significance of military reform and decolonization were first underscored by the Great War (1914 18) and subsequently even more by the Second World War (1939 45). This socio political history of the colonial Indian Military Organization investigates why reform remained largely theoretical even as the British used Indian resources to defend a weakening empire through two World Wars. Ultimately World War II transformed the Indian armed forces but eventually as this book asserts this transformation worked against the British. Printed Pages: 223

Title: British Military Policy in India 1900-1945 : Colonial Constraints and Declining Power

Author Name: Anirudh Deshpande

Categories: Deffence/ MIlitary History, India,

Publisher: New Delhi, Manohar Publishers & Distributors:

ISBN: 8173045836

ISBN 13: 9788173045837

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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