Reconsidering the Raj- Lecture Series

Reconsidering the Raj- Lecture Series
11 Dec 2017, 18:00 to 10 Apr 2018, 19:30
IHR Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

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.

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Lecture 3

Tuesday 6 February 2018With Havelock at Lucknow, 1857: City, Siege and Resistance
Dr Rosie Llewellyn-Jones, author of The Great Uprising in India 1857-58, and Sir Mark Havelock-Allan QC, 5th Baronet of Lucknow, great-great-grandson of Sir Henry Havelock 

Please note that this lecture is now FULLY BOOKED.  Please email the IHR Events Office to be placed on the waiting list.

Lecture 4

Tuesday 6 March 2018Afghanistan: Britain’s Imperial Misadventures
Jules Stewart, journalist and author of On Afghanistan’s Plains, The Savage Border and five other books on Afghanistan and the North West Frontier.

Britain's most recent military involvement in Afghanistan remains a contentious issue, yet it is often overlooked that this engagement is in fact the fourth in a string of conflicts dating back to the nineteenth century. Determined to safeguard British India’s borders from the expanding Russian Empire and Afghan aggression, 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 Stewart’s talk looks at the lack of understanding of Afghanistan and its people that led to disaster and considers the lessons to be learnt.

Lecture 5

Tuesday 10 April 2018Independence and Partition
Panel discussion: Professor Joya Chatterji (focusing on India), Dr Farzana Shaikh (focusing on Pakistan) and Professor Ian Talbot (focusing on Britain). Victoria Schofield will act as moderator.

  • Joya Chatterji is author of The Spoils of Partition, The Bengal Diaspora and Bengal Divided. She is Professor of South Asian History and Director of the Centre for South Asian Studies at Cambridge.
  • Victoria Schofield is author of Kashmir in Conflict, Afghan Frontier, Wavell: Soldier and Statesman and Bhutto: Trial and Execution.
  • Farzana Shaikh is author of Making Sense of Pakistan and Community and Consensus in Islam: Muslim Representation in Colonial India, 1860-1947. She is a specialist in the regional politics of South Asia. She is an Associate Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House.
  • Ian Talbot is author of Pakistan: A New History, The Independence of India and Pakistan, The Partition of India and many others. He is Professor of Modern British History at Southampton.

Advance registration online for each lecture is required.

Lecture: 18:00-19:30
The lecture will be followed by a small wine reception

  • General Admission: £7.50
  • Concession rate (IHR Friends/ BACSA members/Students)£5.00

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