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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume V: Historiography$
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Robin Winks

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205661.001.0001

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India in the 1940s

India in the 1940s

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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume V: Historiography

Robin J. Moore

Oxford University Press

During the 1940s, India crossed the bridge from colonialism to independence. The period has generally been rendered as a historic movement culminating in a climacteric, with its closing years as the aftermath. While the global context of the Second World War and the Cold War have not been neglected in historical writing about the 1940s, their significance for Imperial policy and the freedom movements has only lately attracted attention. In the historiography of the 1940s, contention persists over responsibility for the duality of identity through which India achieved freedom. From Imperial and international viewpoints, Britain's main unfinished business in August 1947 was to settle relations with the new nations. The Great Game in Asia was being revived.

Keywords:   India, historical writing, Britain, colonialism, independence, Second World War, Cold War, Imperial policy, freedom

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