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Sex and Sensibility: Richard Blechynden's Calcutta Diaries, 1791-1822
Sex and Sensibility: Richard Blechynden's Calcutta Diaries, 1791-1822
by Peter Robb
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Richard Blechynden was a surveyor, architect, and builder in early colonial Bengal. This volume and its companion (Sentiment and Self) use 80 volumes of his diaries and other archival material along with anecdotes, extracts, and stories to recreate... (read more)

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Peasant Pasts: History and Memory in Western India
Peasant Pasts: History and Memory in Western India
by Vinayak Chaturvedi
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"This book offers an imaginatively conceived new model of combining structural analysis, meticulous social history, and fine-grained attention to the dynamic unfolding of political narratives. Anyone interested in the dialectics of state formation and... (read more)

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What Life Was Like in the Jewel in the Crown: British India, Ad 1600-1905
What Life Was Like in the Jewel in the Crown: British India, Ad 1600-1905
by Time Life
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Drawing on art, artifacts, and literature that was left behind, these richly illustrated volumes recount captivating tales of everyday life in long-ago vanished worlds.... (read more)

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The Great Hedge of India: The Search for the Living Barrier That Divided a People
The Great Hedge of India: The Search for the Living Barrier That Divided a People
by Roy Moxham
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Remarkable and "astonishing," says Jan Morris of Roy Moxham's account of his search for "one of the least-known wonders of Queen Victoria's India," and John Keay finds it "a compelling read, simply told, and simply wonderful." An unquestionably... (read more)

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India Britannico: A Vivid Introduction to the History of British India
India Britannico: A Vivid Introduction to the History of British India
by Geoffrey Moorhouse
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From the beginnings of the East India Company in the seventeenth century down to February 28, 1948, when the Somerset Light Infantry became the last British soldiers to leave Indian soil, Moorhouse charts the course of British rule in India.... (read more)

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Churchill's Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India During World War II
Churchill's Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India During World War II
by Madhusree Mukerjee
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A dogged enemy of Hitler, resolute ally of the Americans, and inspiring leader through World War II, Winston Churchill is venerated as one of the truly great statesmen of the last century. But while he has been widely extolled for his achievements, parts... (read more)

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Reversing the Gaze: Amar Singh's Diary, a Colonial Subject's Narrative of Imperial India
Reversing the Gaze: Amar Singh's Diary, a Colonial Subject's Narrative of Imperial India
by Lloyd I Rudolph
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Amar Singh, a Rajput nobleman and officer in the Indian Army, kept a diary for 44 years from 1898, when he was twenty, until his death in 1942. In it he writes about the Jodhpur court, the Imperial Cadet Corps, and the British Expeditionary Force in... (read more)

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The Fishing Fleet: Husband-Hunting in the Raj
The Fishing Fleet: Husband-Hunting in the Raj
by Anne De Courcy
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From the author of the critically acclaimed biographies Diana Mosley and The Viceroy's Daughters comes a fascinating, hugely entertaining account of the Victorian women who traveled halfway around the world on the hunt for a husband. By the late... (read more)

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Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire
Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire
by Alex Von Tunzelmann
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At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the British Empire withdrew from India, inviting in all the exhilaration and turmoil of a newly free society. In this vivid, atmospheric popular history, Alex von Tunzelmann chronicles these times through... (read more)

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Armies of the Raj: From the Great Indian Mutiny to Independence, 1858-1947
Armies of the Raj: From the Great Indian Mutiny to Independence, 1858-1947
by Byron Farwell
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"The stories are glorious and told with zest and verve."--Washington... (read more)

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Punjabi Century, 1857-1947
Punjabi Century, 1857-1947
by Prakash Tandon
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An important document in the social history of India, this volume presents the autobiography of a Punjabi family over the three tumultuous generations that spanned years from the Mutiny to Independence. The book provides an absorbing view, from within... (read more)

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Indian Summer the Secret History of the End of an Empire
Indian Summer the Secret History of the End of an Empire
by Alex Von Tunzelmann
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At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the British Empire withdrew from India, inviting in all the exhilaration and turmoil of a newly free society. In this vivid, atmospheric popular history, Alex von Tunzelmann chronicles these times through the... (read more)

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Becoming Imperial Citizens: Indians in the Late-Victorian Empire (Next Wave: New Directions in Women's Studies)
Becoming Imperial Citizens: Indians in the Late-Victorian Empire (Next Wave: New Directions in Women's Studies)
by Sukanya Banerjee
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In this remarkable account of imperial citizenship, Sukanya Banerjee investigates the ways that Indians formulated notions of citizenship in the British Empire from the late nineteenth century through the early twentieth. Tracing the affective, thematic,... (read more)

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Our Bones Are Scattered: The Cawnpore Massacre and the Indian Mutiny of 1857
Our Bones Are Scattered: The Cawnpore Massacre and the Indian Mutiny of 1857
by Andrew Ward
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"An engrossing read. Andrew Ward's definitive history of the Indian Mutiny of 1857 is a feat of historical archaeology of unrivalled depth and breadth. "-David Levering Lewis "Andrew Ward has written a grand and terrible epic of violence and retribution... (read more)

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Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire
Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire
by Alex Von Tunzelmann
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An extraordinary story of romance, history, and divided loyalties--set against the backdrop of one of the most dramatic events of the twentieth century The stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, liberated 400 million people from the British Empire... (read more)

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Maharanis: The Extraordinary Tale of Four Indian Queens and Their Journey from Purdah to Parliament
Maharanis: The Extraordinary Tale of Four Indian Queens and Their Journey from Purdah to Parliament
by Lucy Moore
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Here is a rare glimpse behind purdah’s curtain into the lives of four brilliant maharanis-the wives of Maharajas-who helped shepherd princely India into the twentieth century. Tracing the lives of these influential women from the final days of the raj... (read more)

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New Cambridge History of India #3: Caste, Society and Politics in India from the Eighteenth Century to the Modern Age
New Cambridge History of India #3: Caste, Society and Politics in India from the Eighteenth Century to the Modern Age
by Susan Bayly
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One of the most powerful statements ever written on the subject of caste in India.... (read more)

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Churchill's Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India During World War II
Churchill's Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India During World War II
by Madhusree Mukerjee
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Winston Churchill, hero to the Western world, also had a dark side. Between 1939 and 1944, while he was brilliantly opposing the genocidal barbarism of the Nazis, Churchill made a series of decisions that directly—and knowingly—resulted in the... (read more)

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The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857 (Vintage)
The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857 (Vintage)
by William Dalrymple
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The proudest day :India's long road to independence
The proudest day :India's long road to independence
by Anthony Read
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And yet when independence came on the stroke of midnight of August 14, 1947, events unfolded with a violence that shocked the world: entire trainloads of Muslim and Hindu refugees were slaughtered on their flight to safety --not by the British, but by... (read more)

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