The Lion and the Tiger: The Rise and Fall of the British Raj, 1600-1947

Paperback | April 29, 2005

byDenis Judd

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The British experience in India began in earnest over four hundred years ago, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. For many years the English interlopers and traders who made contact with the subcontinent were viewed by Indians as little more than pirates and potentially troublesomeconquering barbarians. After a series of titanic struggles against the French and various local rulers during the eighteenth century, by the end of the Napoleonic Wars Britain had gained mastery of the subcontinent. This period, and the century and a half that followed, saw two powerful cultureslocked in an often bloody battle over political control, land, trade, and a way of life.Denis Judd tells the fascinating story of the remarkable British impact upon India. All aspects of this long and controversial relationship are discussed, such as the first tentative contacts between East and West, the foundation of the East India Company in 1600, the Victorian Raj in all its pompand splendour, Gandhi's revolutionary tactics to overthrow the Raj and restore Indian to the Indians, and Lord Mountbatten's 'swift surgery of Partition' in 1947, creating the two independent Commonwealth states of India and Pakistan. Against this epic backdrop, and using many revealing contemporaryaccounts, Denis Judd explores the consequences of British rule for both rulers and ruled. Were the British intent on development or exploitation? Were they the 'civilizing' force they claimed? What were Britain's greatest legacies: democracy and the rule of law, or cricket and an efficient railwaysystem? Easy answers are avoided in this immensely readable, lively, and authoritative book.

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The British experience in India began in earnest over four hundred years ago, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. For many years the English interlopers and traders who made contact with the subcontinent were viewed by Indians as little more than pirates and potentially troublesomeconquering barbarians. After a series of titanic str...

Denis Judd is Professor of British Imperial, Commonwealth, and Indian History, at the London Metropolitan University. He is the author of numerous books, including the best-selling Empire: The British Imperial Experience from 1865 to the Present (HarperCollins, 1996), which was second on the best selling London hardback list, and most...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.59 inPublished:April 29, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. 'To fly to India for gold': Early Contacts, 1583-16152. 'Infamous for their honest endeavours': Laying Foundations, 1615-17083. Conquest and Corruption: The Struggle for Supremacy, 1708-18154. 'The great ends we have in view': The East India Company as Paramount Power, 1815-18575. 'The devil's wind': The Great Indian Uprising, or Mutiny of 1857-18586. Lords of All They Surveyed? The Raj at its Zenith, 1858-19057. The Beginning of the End? Reform and Conflict, 1905-19198. Gandhi and the Fightback of Indian Nationalism, 1919-19399. 'Engine of War' or the Enemy Within? India, 1939-194510. 'Tryst with Destiny': Freedom and Partition, 1945-1947EpilogueChronologySources for QuotationsBibliographyIndex