The Decline and Fall of the British Raj
Harshan Kumarasingham

The Decline and Fall of the British Raj

It is over 75 years since the end of British rule over India and yet there is no comprehensive account that covers the rich and evocative history of the final decades of the Raj. The Decline and Fall of the British Raj seeks to fill this gap by producing a work that brings in not just the rupture and drama of 1947, with partition of the Indian Empire and consequent creation of the new states of India and Pakistan, but the chaotic and ever-changing story from the end of World War I when India's future and form was hotly debated.

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  • Author: Harshan Kumarasingham
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    • UK: John Murray
    • US: Simon & Schuster
Harshan  Kumarasingham

Harshan Kumarasingham

Harshan Kumarasingham teaches at the University of Edinburgh where he is Reader in Politics and History.  Born in New Zealand he works on British, Imperial, Commonwealth and South Asian History.  He is the author of several books and collections including A Political Legacy of the British Empire - Power and the Parliamentary System in Postcolonial India and Sri Lanka and his latest publication is The Cambridge Constitutional History of the United Kingdom (two volumes), which he co-edited.  His work was recognised with the award of the prestigious Frie...
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Book Reviews

  • "Harshan Kumarasingham is one of the leading and most versatile constitutional historians of his generation, whose distinguished body of previous work (on constitutional transitions of power across the British empire, and the formation of newly independent post-colonial states) makes him perfectly equipped to write an original, gripping, and commanding account of the long decline of the Raj and its reconfiguration - amidst violence and human misery - into two new states, one that began life as a stable democracy, the other as a shaky military-led theocracy."
    Sunil Khilnani
  • "An important book written by a brilliantly-equipped professional. It should have a major international impact."
    Professor Dame Linda Colley