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'The Nation Within': British India at War 1939-1947

Professor Christopher Bayly FBA delivered the Raleigh Lecture on History on 26 November 2003. In his analysis of India at war, Professor Bayly considered how and why it was possible for the British Raj to recover from defeats to the Japanese in Burma and the ‘Quit India’ movement of 1942. In this edited extract, Professor Bayly describes the actions of the British, and the responses of Indian nationals to the crisis, and considers their consequences for the emerging polity.

History • Christopher Bayly

The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.

Published in British Academy Review, Issue 8.

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