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Independence and Partition
The Erosion of Colonial Power in India

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February 2000 | 428 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This book examines the interplay of imperial, national and communal conflicts during the most crucial phase of India's national movement. By looking at the independence and partition that took place between 1945 and 1947, it covers a wide range of political events and the positions taken by the British, the Congress, the Muslim league and Hindu communal forces.
 
PART ONE: BACKGROUND
 
Nationalist Activity and Government Response at the End of the War
 
Planning of the Political Offer, the Simla Conference and its Breakdown
 
PART TWO: IMPERIALISM AND NATIONALISM
 
Congress Strategy and Popular Nationalist Activity
 
'Popular Movements'
Myth and Reality  
 
Imperial Hegemony and Colonial Policy
 
PART THREE: IMPERIALISM, NATIONALISM AND COMMUNALISM
 
'Unite and Quit'
 
'Decide on a Date and Quit'
 
'Divide and Quit'
 
PART FOUR: NATIONALISM AND COMMUNALISM
 
Congress and the Muslim League's Demand for Pakistan
 
Two Faces of Hindu Communalism
Majority Reaction, Minority Fears  
 
Hindu Communal Pressure on the Congress
 
PART FIVE: DENOUEMENT
 
Congress Accepts Partition
 
Why Gandhi Accepted the Decision to Partition India

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ISBN: 9780761993674
£45.00