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Book Title: The Raj at War: A People’s History of India’s Second World War|
ISBN 13: 9781409029649
The author of the book: Yasmin Khan
Edition: Vintage Digital
Date of issue: July 16th 2015
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The Second World War was not fought by Britain alone. India produced the largest volunteer army in world history:over 2 million men. But, until now, there has never been a comprehensive account of India's turbulent home front and the nexus between warfare and India’s society.
At the heart of The Raj at War are the many lives and voices of ordinary Indian people. From the first Indian to win the Victoria Cross in the war to the three soldiers imprisoned as ‘traitors to the Raj’ who returned to a hero’s welcome, from the nurses in Indian General Hospitals to the labourers, prostitutes and families—their testimonies reveal the great upheaval experienced throughout the land.
Yasmin Khan presents the hidden and sometimes overlooked history of India at war, and shows how mobilisation for the war introduced seismic processes of economic, cultural and social change—decisively shaping the international war effort, the unravelling of the empire and India’s own political and economic trajectory.
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Read information about the authorYasmin Khan is Associate Professor of History; Fellow of Kellogg College at Oxford University. She studied history as an undergraduate at St. Peter's, College Oxford and quickly developed a passion for the history of Asia. Her DPhil, also from Oxford, was in the History of the British Empire. She has taught at the Universities of Edinburgh and Royal Holloway, University of London. Her first book,The Great Partition: the making of India and Pakistan, won the Gladstone Prize for History from the Royal Historical Society.
She's written for the New Statesman and Guardian and appeared on BBC radio and television, most recently on 'In Our Time' discussing the British radical, Annie Besant. Other publications include: 'Gandhi's World' in J.M. Brown, ed.,The Cambridge Companion to Gandhi (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
Yasmin is an editor of History Workshop Journal and a trustee of the Charles Wallace India Trust. Her next book is about India during the Second World war and will be published by The Bodley Head in 2013.