Reconsidering the Raj- Lecture 1

Reconsidering the Raj- Lecture 1
11 Dec 2017, 18:00 to 11 Dec 2017, 20:30
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. 

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 (King's College London)
author of India Conquered: Britain’s Raj and the Chaos of Empire (2016)

Advance registration online for this 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)£5.00

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