This is a study of the social, political, economic and public health aspects of the Second World War in South Asia, with particular attention being accorded to colonial Eastern India, which was treated as a single administrative unit during the course of the conflict for strategic purposes. The conclusion deals with the long term effects of the war: its effects on political formations, bureaucratic re-negotiation and the de-colonisation of the British Indian empire.
'A well-crafted and presented addition to the field, and a valuable contribution to our understanding of the organisation and operation of the Raj in its final, fraught years.' - Contemporary South Asia
'An important book.' - Studies in History