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India and the First World War 1914 - 18

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Though the Great War is widely considered to have been a primarily European conflict, it had enormous effects halfway across the world, and especially in India. Largely overlooked by Indian history textbooks, many Indian nationalists believed that supporting Britain’s war efforts would benefit India’s move towards self-government. As a result, over a million and a half Indians were encouraged to enlist, and subsequently deployed to fight for the British. But what did the war mean for Indian soldiers who had to fight a battle they were unprepared for, in lands they had never seen, against an enemy they didn’t know, and hitherto unheard of forms of warfare? And how did the war impact the political climate in India? Using first-hand accounts such as letters home, documents from various archives, and rare photographs, the author reconstructs the story of a war, which was as much India’s as it was Britain’s. This book documents, for the first time, India’s contribution to the First World War with details of the different theatres in which Indian soldiers took part. In addition, the author also examines the unsettling encounters the Indian soldiers had with foreign, especially European, culture, and how it impacted the way they viewed life and living back home. 

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    About the Author: Vedica Kant was born and raised in India. She holds an M.Phil degree in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Singapore Management University. Vedica’s interest in the Indian story of the Great War grew out of her research into the wartime experience of the Ottoman Empire against which many Indians found themselves fighting between 1914–1918. She has written widely about the First World War from both an Indian and Turkish perspective in newspapers, magazines, and scholarly publications. She also frequently writes on South Asian and Middle Eastern history, politics, and culture. This is her first book. Vedica has lived and worked in Delhi, Singapore, and Istanbul and is currently based in London where she works for a leading political risk consultancy.
    Pages: 256 pages
    Publisher: Roli Books Pvt. Ltd.
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 8174369791
    ISBN-13: 978-8174369796
    Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 3.1 x 26 cm

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