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Indians in the First World War
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Indians in the First World War
The Missing Links

First Edition
  • Aravind Ganachari - Former Professor and Head, Department of History, University of Mumbai.


January 2020 | 468 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Indians in the First World War: The Missing Links is the first authoritative and complete academic account of the Indian participation in the First World War to be written by an Indian historian. The Great War involved significant Indian military contributions and casualties that are largely unheard of. The war also brought about major changes in the Indian social and political situation, caste structure and viewpoint regarding Indian identity, and fuelled the demand for India’s independence. This book carefully articulates and examines these crucial historic changes. 

The book covers Indian perspectives on all major aspects—historical, social, political and religious, among others—that were instrumental in ensuring India’s participation in the war. Based on the author’s own research and deep familiarity with Indian history and contemporary political reality, the book throws new light on some major events during the war. It is an indispensable book that deserves to be read by anyone who is interested in gaining a more thorough understanding of India’s contribution to and standing in world history and politics. 
 
Foreword by Lord Bhikhu Parekh
 
Appreciations
 
Historiography and Rationale of the First World War
 
Declaration of War: Empire and Problem of Nationality Laws in a Colonial Situation
 
Theatres of War: Indian Soldiers’ Participation
 
Indian Recruitment and Rewards
 
Prisoners of War: Evolution of the Concept of Prisoners of War
 
War Ferment in India: The Press, Publicity, Propaganda and Censorship
 
The Great War in Indian Memory
 
The Deep Scars of the War: A Fissured Legacy
 
Appendix
 
Annexures I–IV
 
Bibliography
 
Index

The book…is a reminder that a nation must not forget momentous aspects of its history, for it is shaped by it.

The Tribune, 8 March 2020

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