The Secret History of the End of An EmpireBook - 2007 | 1st ed
"At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, one of the twentieth century's defining moments came as the sovereign nations of India and Pakistan were born, and 400 million people gained independence. With the loss of India, its greatest colony, the British empire gave up its centerpiece. Winston Churchill, who had done his best to sabotage India's independence, mourned Britain's loss of influence as the shift in power was felt around the world. In the new nations themselves, violence exploded: Muslims, Sikhs, and Hindus clashed in waves of slaughter, rape, and carnage. Millions were driven out or murdered as India's new leader, Jawaharlal Nehru, watched his dreams of "life and freedom" turn to chaos and destruction." "Such epic scenes are richly portrayed in Indian Summer, the debut of historian Alex von Tunzelmann, who brings grandeur to the days of empire, vivid life to battles, intimacy to human dramas, and clarity to the often ruthless politics that led to the partition of India and Pakistan. Von Tunzelmann's portraits of the protagonists set Indian Summer apart from previous accounts. Here, alternating between heroism and incompetence, is Britain's last viceroy, the resplendent Dickie Mountbatten, cousin to the king, a man determined to rekindle his family's faded glory. By his side is his wife, Edwina, one of the richest, most glamorous, and most scandalous women of her day. In India, she is transformed from a socialite to a heroine who risks her life repeatedly to help the victims of the partition wars. Despite her loyalty to her husband's goals, she finds the love of her life in a potentially disastrous liaison - with Prime Minister Nehru himself." "Indian Summer revolutionizes the image of Mohandas Gandhi, who rises to greatness despite his eccentricities. Gandhi's decisions compromise Nehru in his struggle against Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the Muslim leader who unites with Churchill to create the world's first modern Islamic democracy, Pakistan. For the first time, Indian Summer shows how Western treatment of the Muslim cause during this conflict set the stage for some of today's most incendiary international conflicts."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2007
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: 954.0359 VON
Characteristics: x, 401 p.,  p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm