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Nehru : Profiles in Power (99 Edition)by Judith M. Brown
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The founding figure of modern India her the first Prime Minister Explores Nehru's achievements as a key statesman in the country's struggle for independence. Probes Nehru's frustation at his failure to achieve certain radical changes. Judith M. Brown is Britain's leading expert on on Nehru. Here is a study of a key twentieth-century statesman: Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964), one of the Indian nationalists who led India to independence in 1947, and, as Prime Minister from 1947 until his death, steered her through her early, formative years as one of the world's great nations. This is not a biography of Nehru - though the biographical details are clearly set out - but a study of Nehru as a figure of power. In it, Judith M. Brown explores a number of related themes. This account will reward anyone interested in the making of our modern world. One of its rewards is the general introduction it provides to the society and politics of India in the early and middle years of the century.
Judith M. Brown of the University of Oxford is a leading authority on modern India and is a co-author of the Oxford History of the British Empire .
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Reprint of a 1999 study in which Brown (Commonwealth history, U. of Oxford) explores Nehru as a figure of power and how he achieved his dominant role in the fractured world of Indian politics. She discusses his motivation—what was it in his background, temperament, and experiences that made this reserved and scholarly man seek the power he eventually wielded; how he, as a politician of opposition, retrained for governance; his skills and resources as a political animal, and what the constraints upon him were; how he organized and led this new and unwieldly nation with no tradition of democratic government to build on; and what his long-term ambitions for India were, and how close he came to achieving them.
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