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Decolonization and the Struggle for National Liberation in India (1909–1971)

Historical, Political, Economic, Religious and Architectural Aspects

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Edited By Thierry Di Costanzo and Guillaume Ducœur

At the end of the First World War, the Raj remained economically or even strategically more central than ever in the general colonial architecture of the British Empire. Yet, between the two World Wars, the colonial regime hung only by a thread when confronted with the rising popularity of the nationalist movements. As a result, independence was granted in 1947 to this major component of the Empire, a truly cataclysmic event for the remainder of the world. This reality conflicts with the idea that a well-managed, peaceful decolonization process was launched by the British authorities. The independence of British India proceeded at the same speed as the Partition of British India which had both immediate and distant, but surely terrible, consequences like the 1971 war with Pakistan over Bangladesh.
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Acknowledgments

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We would like to thank the following people for having contributed in one way or another to this collection of articles:

Professor Michelguglielmo Torri, from the University of Turin, was a great help in critically checking our introduction. Professor Nupur Chaudhuri, from Texas Southern University, is to be thanked for her moral support she gave during summer 2013 when carefully selecting among many submitted articles and checking three of the articles appearing in this book. Also, Professor Geetha Ganapathy-Doré from the University of Paris enthusiastically supported this project from the outset, together with our colleagues from the Department of English or at the Institute of Political Studies of the University of Strasbourg, Professor Ghislain Potriquet, Professor Hélène Ibata and Professor Virginie Roiron, who checked the remaining articles.

Professor Marc Cluet gave us wonderful friendly support and encouragements; Professor Julia Hegewald, Dr Sonia Cordera and Dr Ingrid Sankey had unshakable confidence in the project; colleagues encountered during Dr Di Costanzo’s 2013-Fellowship at JNIAS (Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Studies) proved solid in their promise to provide a piece for this projected collection of articles: Professor Sucheta Mahajan, Dr. Agnes Maillot, Professor Salil Misra, Professor Aditya Mukherjee and Professor Saradindu Mukherji. Our many special thanks to Professor Aditya Mukherjee who made JNIAS happen, the result being this book and our discovery of Bipan Chandra’s works. Bless him and his wonderful family!

We must also profusely thank Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Ruediger Ahrens,...

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