Wavell and the Dying Days of the Raj: Britains Penultimate Viceroy in India

Hardcover | March 14, 2012

byMohammad Iqbal Chawla

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A critical and historical understanding of Lord Archibald Wavell's viceroyalty is important for understanding the rational dynamics amongst the three leading political actors of that time, the British, the Hindus, and the Muslims. This study primarily focuses on Lord Wavell's response to Muslim politics in India in the 1940s. The premise of this study is that Lord Wavell was against the demand for Pakistan, because he believed that India was a natural geographical unit and should be preserved as such. Therefore, during hisviceroyalty, he struggled to preserve the union of India. But Pakistan emerged despite Wavell's attempts to sidetrack it. It is important to note that although Pakistan came into being almost six decades ago it still faces the effects of the problems it inherited from the decisions taken by the last two British viceroys. A reappraisal therefore of the circumstances in which Pakistan was born especially the politics andpolicies of that time which gave birth to Pakistan is of immense importance.

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A critical and historical understanding of Lord Archibald Wavell's viceroyalty is important for understanding the rational dynamics amongst the three leading political actors of that time, the British, the Hindus, and the Muslims. This study primarily focuses on Lord Wavell's response to Muslim politics in India in the 1940s. The premi...

Dr Mohammad Iqbal Chawla graduated from Government College, Sargodha, now upgraded to a university. He received his MSc, MPhil and PhD from Department of History, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. His teaching career spans the period 1989 to date and this whole period has been spent at the History Department, University of the Punjab...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:350 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:March 14, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199062757

ISBN - 13:9780199062751

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AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Political Scenario in India on the Eve of Wavell's Arrival2. The Wavell Plan3. The Cabinet Mission Plan4. Wavell and Working of the Interim Government5. Wavell's Relations with HMG Regarding Muslim Politics in IndiaConclusionBibliographyIndex