ISBN 9788184005523,The Raj at War : A People's History of India's Second World War

The Raj at War : A People's History of India's Second World War


Yasmin Khan



Penguin Random House

Publication Year 2015

ISBN 9788184005523

ISBN-10 8184005520


Number of Pages 448 Pages
Language (English)


Two and a half million Indians volunteered in the Second World War. Their stories had been lost and silenced, until now. Award-winning historian Yasmin Khan marshals interviews, newspaper reports and unseen archival material to tell the forgotten story of Indias role in the Second World War. We meet soldiers, sailors and non-combatants prostitutes, nurses, cooks, peasants whose lives were upended by a war far, far away. From a small Muslim boy arrested for singing antirecruitment songs, to cooks preparing chapattis on army boats, to a family listening to illicit German radio broadcasts and a love letter from the first Indian soldier to receive the Victoria Cross, Khan makes us feel and hear the lost voices of a people involved in a war that wasnt of their choosing. Dramatizing a cataclysm that transformed the subcontinent and led to its independence, The Raj at War undeniably inserts South Asia back into WWII history and confirms that the Empire and all its subjects formed both the heart and limbs of Britains war efforts and eventual victory.
About the Author

Yasmin Khan is a British writer and historian. She is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Kellogg College. Her first book, The Great Partition - The Making of India and Pakistan won the Gladstone Prize from the Royal Historical Society in 2007 and was longlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2008.