Between 1914, when the Great War began, and 1924, when the Ottoman Caliphate ended, British and Indian officials and activists reformulated political ideas in the context of total war in the Middle East, Gandhian mass mobilisation, and the 1919 Amritsar massacre. Using discussions on travel, spatiality, and landscape as an entry point, The First World War, Anticolonialism and Imperial Authority in British India, 1914–1924 discusses the complex politics of late colonial India and the waning of imperial enthusiasm. This book presents a multifaceted picture of Indian politics at a time when total war and resurgent anticolonial activism were reshaping assumptions about state power, culture, and resistance.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: "Those Long Months in the Hideous Flat": Recasting Indian Landscapes in Mesopotamia
Chapter 3: Moderates and the Mother Goddess in Mesopotamia: The Bengali War Effort
Chapter 4: Imagining Indian Landscapes after Jallianwala Bagh, 1919
Chapter 5: Conclusion: Homelands, Holy Lands, and Official Gardens of Nationalism
Sharmishtha Roy Chowdhury teaches in the Department of History at Queens College, the City University of New York. Her research areas are in twentieth-century world history, modern European and Indian history. She is also active in digital humanities pedagogy and training.