The Lion and the Tiger

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

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The British experience with 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 troublesome, conquering 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 cultures locked in an often bloody battle over political control, land, trade and a way of life. Professor Denis Judd tells the fascinating story of the remarkable British impact upon India, capturing the essence of what the Raj really meant both for the British and their Indian subjects. 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 pomp and splendour, Gandhi's revolutionary tactics to overthrow the Raj and restore India 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 contemporary accounts, 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 railway system? Easy answers are avoided, and difficult questions tackled in this immensely readable, lively and authoritative book.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 163.6 x 188.5 x 26.4mm | 421.85g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 32pp halfton plates
  • 0192803581
  • 9780192803580
  • 1,474,125

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'...a short, clear but wide-ranging account' Sunday Telegraphshow more

About Denis Judd

Denis Judd is Professor of British Imperial and Commonwealth 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 (which was second on the best selling London hardback list) and most recently, The Boer War.show more

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