Reconsidering the Raj
A lecture series on British India presented byÂ the British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia
Tuesday 6 March
Afghanistan: Britainâ€™s Imperial Misadventures
It is often overlooked that Britainâ€™s most recent military involvement in Afghanistan is the fourth in a string of conflicts dating back to the nineteenth century. Determined to safeguard British Indiaâ€™s borders, the British fought three campaigns on Afghan territory between 1838 and 1919. The Anglo-Afghan wars of the 19th and early 20th centuries resulted in some of the worst military calamities ever sustained by the Raj in this part of the world. In the first war alone, a column of 16,000 soldiers and civilians was annihilated on the retreat from Kabul. Jules Stewartâ€™s talk looks at the lack of understanding of Afghanistan and its people that led to disaster and considers the lessons to be learnt.
Jules Stewart isÂ author ofÂ On Afghanistanâ€™s Plains, The Savage BorderÂ and five other books on Afghanistan and the North West Frontier.
Tuesday 10 April
Independence & Partition
A panel discussion on Independence and Partition featuring Professor Joya Chatterji (University of Cambridge) focusing on India, Dr Farzana Shaikh (Chatham House) focusing on Pakistan, Professor Ian Talbot (University of Southampton) focusing on Britain and Victoria Schofield as moderator.*
*Joya Chatterji is author ofÂ The Spoils of Partition,Â The Bengal DiasporaÂ andÂ Bengal Divided. She is Professor of South Asian History and Director of the Centre for South Asian Studies at Cambridge.
Farzana Sheikh is author ofÂ Making Sense of PakistanÂ and is a specialist in the regional politics of South Asia. She is a former research fellow in Politics at Clare Hall, Cambridge.
Victoria Schofield’s works includeÂ Kashmir in Conflict,Â Afghan Frontier, Wavell: Soldier and StatesmanÂ andÂ Bhutto: Trial and Execution.
Ian Talbot is author ofÂ Pakistan: A New History,Â The Independence of India and Pakistan,Â The Partition of IndiaÂ and many others. He is Professor of Modern British History at Southampton.
6-8.30pm, Wolfson Conference Room 1, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HU
Tickets Â£7.50Â include wine reception (Â£5 BACSA members)Â
Booking online: Â seeÂ http://www.bacsa.org.uk/?page_id=2043