James Caudwell April 18th, 2011
The Centre of South Asian Studies is delighted to announce free trial access to Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan: Section I: Independence, Partition and the Nehru Era, 1947-1964, which have recently been published online by Adam Matthew Digital.
The trial runs from Monday 25th April to Tuesday 17th May 2011.
The resource provides access to diplomatic dispatches, inward and outward telegrams, newspaper cuttings and transcripts, maps, photographs, political and economic reports, accounts of visits and tours, minutes of meetings, conference proceedings, letters, leaflets and other ephemera.
The files provide broad coverage of the birth and development of the Indian and Pakistani states, the problems of partition and the tensions over Kashmir. They cover the period from 1947 through to the death of Jawaharlal Nehru in 1964.
Other topics include:
* Refugees and civil disturbances
* The strategic position of Afghanistan
* The evolution of Indian political relations with China
* Reactions to the deaths of Mahatma Gandhi and Mohammed Ali Jinnah
* Nehru’s visit to the US
* US economic aid to India
* UK arms supplies to India and Pakistan
* The assassination of the Pakistani prime minister, Liaquat Ali
Khan, in 1951
* Indian land reform
* Communism in South Asia
* The declaration of martial law in Pakistan
* The political implications of Nehru’s death and the succession
crisis in the Congress Party
* The future of the Gurkhas in the British Army
William Gould, Senior Lecturer in Indian History, University of Leeds (Previously Smuts Fellow, Centre of South Asian Studies, Cambridge) states: ‘As well as tracing the international connections between India, the Commonwealth and the wider world, this collection/resource offers unique insights into political movements and cross-border tensions that were central to the modern state’s preoccupation with stability and national unification.’
Access is available on campus via the Introduction page or Contents page.
Access is available off campus with Raven login via this link