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The Indian Army (Its Contribution to the Development of a Nation)

The Indian Army (Its Contribution to the Development of a Nation)
$29.00
Item Code: IDH049
Author: STEPHEN P. COHEN
Publisher: OXFORD INDIA PAPERBACKS
Language: English
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 0195653165
Pages: 254
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.4" X 5.3"
About the Book

Professor Cohen offers the first modern analysis of the British success in harnessing and directing Indian manpower through the medium of the Indian army. Great Britain used this army not only to conquer and rule India but also as an imperial expeditionary force in East and West Asia, and Europe. He describes the organizational and doctrinal innovations instituted by the British that enabled them to count on both obedience and loyalty on the part of their Indian troops.

Professor Cohen explores the origins of the Indian army from its early exploitative role to its extraordinary performance in world war II. He examines the doctrine of civilian control in India, the evolution of the theory of so-called martial races, the relationship between the British officer and Indian sepoy, and ultimately, the Indianization of the officer corps that led to the formation of the Indian National Army. The updated edition of this classic book is essential reading for students of defence studies, service officers, and defence policy-makers.

About the Author

Stephen P. Cohen is Senior Scholar in the foreign Policy Studies Programme of the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C. and Director of its India/South Asia project. He is the author of the Pakistan Army (1984), and India, Emerging Power (2001)

Excerpts from Reviews

This book is very good value and …required reading for every service officer, and all involved in defence studies or policy-making.'

-The Economic Times

The author has done an accurate assessment of the Indian Army's capabilities and professional competence to meet the situation.

-The Sunday Observer

'… Cohen's updated book is an important contribution. The Indian Army is an essential reading in this drought on an important subject.'

CONTENTS
ACKNOWLEDGMENTSix
INTRODUCTION TO THE PAPERBACK EDTION XI
INTRODUCTION TO THE REVISED INDIAN EDITION. 1990xvii
INTRODUCTION TO THE FIRST EDITION, 19711
1BRITISH INDIAN MILITARY ORGANIZATION4
From Company to Raj, 4
Steps toward Reform, 14
Reform and the Modern Indian Army, 20
The White Mutiny, 18
The Kitchener-Curzor Dispute,22
The Legacy, 29
2RECRUITMENT AND IDEOLOGY32
The Mutiny and the Reorganization of the Indian Army, 35
The "Martial" Races, 45
3THE MILITARY ENTERS INDIAN THOUGHT57
Traditional Militarism, 58
Gradualism, 65
World War I. 68
Postwar Retrenchment, 76
The Sivaswamy Aiyer Resolutions, 78
4DEFENSE PROBLEMS AND THE NATIONALIST MOVEMENT88
Tilak and the Intensification of Attitudes, 91
Subhas Chandra Bose and the Legitimation of Militarism, 99
Mahatma Gandhi, 102
Jawaharlal Nehru and the Rejection of the Military, 104
The Development of Defense Expertise, 107
5THE PROFESSIONAL OFFICER IN INDIA114
The Military Setting, 115
Opportunities and Obstacles, 119
Attitudes and Outlook, 124
6THE TEST OF WAR138
The Expansion of the Indian army: 1939-1945, 138
The Challenge of the Indian National Army, 149
The Search for a New Ethos, 161
7THE INDIAN ARMY AFTER INDEPENDENCE169
Civilian-Military relations and the Higher Direction of War, 170
Recruitment and Representativeness, 180
The Army, Its Legacy, and the Future of India, 194
NEW EPILOGUE TO THE 1990 EDITION201
APPENDIX: A NOTE ON THE INDIAN STATES FORCES235
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE239
1990 SUPPLEMENT TO BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE245
INDEX249

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