Plain Tales from the Raj: Images of British India in the Twentieth Century

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Abacus, 1975 - British - 287 pages
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The Raj was, for two hundred years, the jewel in the British imperial crown. Although founded on military expansionism and undoubted exploitation, it developed over the centuries into what has been called 'benign autocracy' - the government of many by few, with the active collaboration of most Indians in recognition of a desire for the advancement of their country.

Charles Allen's classic oral history of the period that marked the end of British rule was first published a generation ago. Now reissued as the imperial century closes, this brilliantly insightful and bestselling collection of reminiscences illustrates the unique experience of British India: the sadness and luxury for some; the joy and deprivation for others.

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As an Indian, I find the book repulsive because of the book's patronizing attitude towards the "Raj" and contempt of everything Indian thinly disguised under the veil of "various accounts". Proponents ... Read full review

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I picked this gem up secondhand by chance. An eccentric, informative account of the British in India, I wish I could listen to the radio programme from the seventies which the book is based on. Read full review

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About the author (1975)

Charles Allen is an oral and military historian specialising in colonial matters. He is the author of several previous books and lives in north London.

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