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India and World War II: War, Armed Forces and Society, 1939-45

Kaushik Roy (Author)

The Second World War remains a defining chapter in modern world history. Colonial India’s involvement in the war has often been studied against the backdrop of the ongoing freedom struggle, the varying attitudes of the Indian National Congress and the Muslim League, and the formation of the Azad Hind Fauj under Subhas Chandra Bose. Moving beyond the claims of how Indian resources and soldiers aided the Allies in winning the war, this volume explores the complex interrelationship between the Indian armed forces, the Indian society, and the war.

Drawing on archival data, this book focuses on understanding the impact of large-scale mobilization of manpower and resources on an underdeveloped agrarian society; the communities which joined the Indian armed forces; why the Indian soldiers remained loyal to the Raj; and how they defeated the Japanese in Burma and the Italians and the Germans in Africa and Italy.

Rather than merely providing a chronological account of military operations, Roy fuses ideas and institutions of violence with the prevalent social and cultural contexts. He further asserts that nationalism was not a strong sentiment among the Indian soldiers involved in the war, who were quite content with the British military service.

Contents: Preface. Introduction. 1. Manpower mobilization for the Indian armed forces: 1939-45. 2. Military industrialization in India: 1939-45. 3. Morale, discipline and discontent in the Indian armed forces. 4. The Indian army and internal security: 1939-45. 5. The Indian army in Africa and Italy: 1940-4. 6. Disaster in Hong Kong, Malaya and Singapore: 1941-2. 7. From defeat to victory: Burma, January 1942-August 1945. Conclusion. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.

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About the author

Kaushik Roy

Kaushik Roy, who specializes in the military history of India, is a Junior Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Studies. Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. His articles have been published in journals like War in History, and Journal of Military History. He is the author of From Hydaspes to Kargil: A History of Warfare in India.

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Title India and World War II: War, Armed Forces and Society, 1939-45
Author Kaushik Roy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 24.11.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780199463534
length 432p., Figures; Tables