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

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Oxford University Press, 2004 - History - 234 pages
By the end of the Napoleonic Wars, after a series of titanic struggles against the French and various local rulers during the eighteenth century, 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.
In The Lion and the Tiger, Denis Judd tells the fascinating story of the British impact upon India, capturing the essence of what the Raj really meant both for the British and their Indian subjects. Judd examines virtually every aspect of this long and controversial relationship, from 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 splendor, 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 independent Commonwealth states of India and Pakistan. Against this epic backdrop, and using many revealing contemporary accounts, 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?
Vividly written, based on extensive research, with many new and colorful documentary extracts and literary sources to illustrate the story, The Lion and the Tiger provides an engaging account of a key moment in British Imperial history.

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A distinctly ordinary history of the British in India. Its short and written in very readable prose, which may make it useful for a those looking for a quick overview. However it is very weak in the ... Read full review

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After the disastrous Sepoy Rebellion the British set up the unique Raj system to exploit India. This work is a bit broader and relates the longer story of British involvement, both the advantages and ... Read full review


List of Plates xi
The Struggle
The East
The Great Indian
Lords of All they Surveyed? The Raj at
The Beginning of the End? Reform
Gandhi and the Fightback of Indian
Engine of War or the Enemy Within?
Freedom and Partition

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Denis Judd is Professor of British Imperial and Edwardian History, and Indian History, at the University of North London. He is the author of numerous books, including the best-selling Empire: The British Imperial Experience from 1865 to the Present (HarperCollins, 1996), (Fontana, 1997 pbedn), (Phoenix Press, 2001), and the forthcoming George VI (Sutton Publishing, 2002), and The Boer War (John Murray, 2002). He has written radio documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service, and has broadcast many times both as a presenter, consultant and major interviewee for television andradio programmes: most recently for BBC TV Newsnight, BBC Radio 3 Nightwaves, and for BBC Radio 4's Vestiges - the British Empire

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