SDSC War Studies Seminar Series, No.2: rock in an angry sea: the Indian Army, 1945-47

Event details

Public Lecture

Date & time

Tuesday 10 December 2013
6pm–7pm

Venue

Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Centre (130), corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU
ANU Canberra

Speaker

Professor Daniel Marston

Contacts

Kerrie Hogan
+61 2 6125 2167

Synopsis:

The British Indian Army was one of the pillars of the empire. Without it, Britain's war effort of 1939-45 would have been impossible. In his book, Phoenix from the Ashes, Daniel Marston examined how that army rebounded from defeat in Malaya and Burma in 1941-42 to triumphant success in 1945. Building on his previous work, this seminar will consider the turbulent end of the Raj and the division of its army between the successor states of India and Pakistan. This period has been frequently written about in terms of politics and personalities, but this new work will seek to answer a crucial, but never before asked question: why did the Indian Army, under stresses as powerful as any army in modern history has experienced, not disintegrate, throwing the subcontinent into total chaos?

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