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Indian summer : the secret history of the end of an empire

Author: Alex Von Tunzelmann
Publisher: London : Simon & Schuster, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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At midnight on August 15, 1947, 400 million people were liberated from the British Empire. With the loss of India, its greatest colony, Britain ceased to be a superpower. This defining moment was brought about by a handful of people: Jawaharlal Nehru, the fiery Indian prime minister; Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the leader of the new Islamic Republic of Pakistan; Mohandas Gandhi, the mystical figure who enthralled a nation;  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Von Tunzelmann
ISBN: 9781471166440 1471166449
OCLC Number: 1099770207
Notes: "With a new introduction to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian independence"--Cover.
Description: x, 464 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgements --
Maps --
Prologue : a tryst with destiny --
PART I. Empire --
1. In their gratitude our best reward --
2. Mohan and Jawahar --
3. Civis britannicus sum --
4. Dreaming of the east --
5. Private lives --
6. We want no Caesars --
7. Power without responsibility --
8. A new theatre --
9. Now or never --
PART II. The end --
10. Operation madhouse --
11. A barrel of gunpowder --
12. Lightning speed is much too slow --
13. A full basket of apples --
14. A rainbow in the sky --
PART III. The beginning --
15. Paradise on earth --
16. The battle for Delhi --
17. Kashmir --
18. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow --
PART IV. Afterwards --
19. A kiss good-bye --
20. Echoes --
Notes --
Bibliography --
A note on names --
Glossary --
Index.
Responsibility: Alex von Tunzelmann.

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At midnight on August 15, 1947, 400 million people were liberated from the British Empire. With the loss of India, its greatest colony, Britain ceased to be a superpower. This defining moment was brought about by a handful of people: Jawaharlal Nehru, the fiery Indian prime minister; Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the leader of the new Islamic Republic of Pakistan; Mohandas Gandhi, the mystical figure who enthralled a nation; and Louis and Edwina Mountbatten, the glamorous but unlikely couple sent to get Britain out of India. Within hours, their dreams 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. 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.--From publisher description.

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