The Proudest Day: India's Long Road to Independence

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1999 - 565페이지
In 1835, Lord Macaulay, in his Minute on Indian Education, had prophesied that the eventual self-rule of India would be "the proudest day in British history." And yet when independence came on the stroke of midnight of August 14, 1947, events unfolded with a violence that shocked the world: entire trainloads of Muslim and Hindu refugees were slaughtered on their flight to safety --not by the British, but by each other. Macaulay's dream had become a flawed and bloody reality. The Proudest Day is a riveting account of the end of the Raj, the most romantic of all the great empires. Anthony Read and David Fisher tell the whole epic story in compelling and colorful detail from its beginnings more than a century earlier; their powerful narrative takes a fresh look at many of the events and personalities involved, especially the three charismatic giants --Gandhi, Nehru, and Jinnah --who dominated the final, increasingly bitter thirty years. Meanwhile, a succession of British politicians and viceroys veered wildly between liberalism and repression until the Raj became a powder keg, wanting only a match.

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Prologue I
1
In Quiet Trade
10
The Strangest of all Empires
27
The Moaning of the Hurricane
45
The Mildest Form of Government is Despotism
55
If Fifty Men Cannot be Found
69
The Gravity of the Blunder
83
No Bombs No Boons
102
The Congress Asked for Bread and it has Got a Stone
277
A Landmark in the Future History of India
293
A Postdated Cheque on a Bank that is Failing
310
Leave India to God or to Anarchy
325
The Two Great Mountains have Met and not even a Ridiculous Mouse has emerged
341
Patriots not Traitors
359
We are on the Threshold of a Great Tragedy
372
If India Wants Her Bloodbath she shall have it
390

A Spontaneous Loyalty
114
An Indefensible System
132
God Bless Gandhi
142
A Himalayan Miscalculation
162
The Very Brink of Chaos and Anarchy
179
A Butchery of Our Souls
197
A Years Grace and a Polite Ultimatum
211
A Mad Risk
226
Civil Martial Law
245
The Empty Fruits of Office
260
Possible New Horror Job
409
Plan Balkan
424
Thirteen Months Means Mischief to India
442
A Treaty of Peace without a War
459
A Tryst with Destiny
476
Epilogue
494
Source Notes
509
Bibliography
533
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Anthony Read is the author of many books, most recently The Devil’s Disciples: Hitler’s Inner Circle. He lives in England.

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