British Empire

From imperial discussion to transnational debate. The Commonwealth journal The Round Table and the Indo-Pakistani partition, 1947–1957

Jens Norrby
Taylor and Francis Online

The political shockwaves from the partition of India and Pakistan were felt far beyond the local tragedies that followed in its wake – not least in British imperial politics, where the two new Dominions and the subsequent reorganisation of the Commonwealth drastically altered the character of the imperial machinery. This article covers the first decade of Pakistan’s and India’s independence through the activity of the Commonwealth journal The Round Table.

The British Empire and the First World War: the colonial experience

Talat Ahmed
International Socialism

A Fighting Retreat: The British Empire, 1947-1997

Robin Neillands
Hodder & Stoughton

Liquidation of British Empire: Parliamentary Debates on the Indian Independence

Great Britain Parliament
Ashiq Hussain Batalvi
Institute of Islamic Culture

The Scandal of Empire: India and the Creation of Imperial Britain

Nicholas Dirks
Belknap Press

Fateful Events of 1947: The Secret British Game of Divide and Quit

Manmath Nath Das
Standard Publishers

The Indian Army and the end of the Raj: Decolonising the Subcontinent

Daniel Marston
Cambridge University Press

From Plassey to Partition: A History of Modern India

Sekhar Bandyopadhyay
Orient Longman

British Voices from South Asia

Rosan Augusta Jordan and Frank de Caro

"The exhibition marks the acquisition by the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History at LSU of a series of taped interviews -- conducted by Professors Frank de Caro and Rosan Augusta Jordan of the LSU English Department -- with British people who lived and worked in India before Independence in 1947. Collectively they provide a sort of "self-portrait" of a colonial subculture and accounts of how Europeans experienced a great Asian society under the peculiar conditions of their time. Quotations from the interviews have been included for each section of the exhibition.

The National Archives: The Road to Partition 1939-47

The National Archive

This document collection through the National Archives is “related to India and the struggle for independence and the road to partition 1939-1947.” It provides sources such as letters, government documents, and articles pertaining to Partition and Independence. The National Archives “is the official archive and publisher for the UK government, and for England and Wales.”