BACSA has great pleasure in inviting FIBIS members to RECONSIDERING THE RAJ: 5 lectures in British India.
1947 marked the end of British rule in India, 200 years in which the British replaced the Mughals as controlling power and laid the foundations for modern India. In collaboration with the British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia, the Institute of Historical Research will reconsider this remarkable period in a series of lectures by leading scholars.
In the first Jon Wilson argues that the growth of British rule was from the earliest days often chaotic and accidental, serving British interests rather than any wider good. In the second Charles Allen responds that the British contributed elements of undoubted benefit to India, not least in introducing modern ideas. He further argues that the promotion of patriotic myths, coupled with widespread ignorance about the past, has led to an unhealthy distortion of British Indian history. Later lectures focus on pivotal events: the Great Uprising of 1857 (Indian Mutiny), the Afghan Wars and Independence and Partition.
Monday 11 December: The Chaos of Empire: Rethinking British Rule in India
Dr Jon Wilson, Senior Lecturer in British Imperial and South Asian History, King’s College London, author of India Conquered: Britain’s Raj and the Chaos of Empire (2016)
The lecture will be followed by a small wine reception.
Advance registration for this lecture is required.
Seating is limited to 100 so early booking is advised.
General Admission: £7.50
Concession rate (IHR Friends/ BACSA members): £5.00
You can book online for this lecture on the IHR Event page here
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