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The Army in British India: From Colonial Warfare to Total War 1857 - 1947 Kaushik Roy

The Army in British India: From Colonial Warfare to Total War 1857 - 1947

Kaushik Roy

Published May 8th 2014
ISBN : 9781472570697
Paperback
256 pages
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The army in India was the principal pillar of British power in South Asia from the mid-nineteenth century until Indian independence. This volume aims to evaluate the combat effectiveness of the army in British India from the mutiny of 1857 until theMoreThe army in India was the principal pillar of British power in South Asia from the mid-nineteenth century until Indian independence. This volume aims to evaluate the combat effectiveness of the army in British India from the mutiny of 1857 until the British departed India in 1947. It examines how the army in India developed from a colonial police force into one of the worlds largest volunteer armies which saw service around the globe. The author presents new primary material from international archival sources and develops original interpretations of the political and military role of the army in colonial India. These new arguments include: the armys conduct of small wars on the North-West frontier aided it in conducting tactical warfare in Burma during World War II- small unit raids developed in India were put to good effect beyond Indias borders- the armys practical experience of counter-insurgency was used in Greece and Indonesia after 1945- and, contrary to existing scholarship, the British did not follow a deliberate policy of Indianization of the officer corps .