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The British conquest and dominion of India /

Main Author: Moon, Penderel, 1905-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: [London] : [Bloomington, Ind.] : Duckworth ; 1989
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Historian, former member of the Indian Civil Service, and consultant to the government of India, Moon has written an informative but very lightly documented history of the British in India from 1847 to 1947. Moon has a good narrative style and his book is a pleasure to read. It is organized according to the chronological sequence of the Governors General of India, and discusses the basic decisions and actions of each. The emphasis of this work is political and military history, with almost no information on the social and economic history of India. Partly as a result of its organization and emphasis, analysis of the underlying forces of Indian history is minimal. In comparison, Judith M. Brown's Modern India (CH, Dec '85) is shorter, more heavily analytical, and much less readable. Moon includes several maps but more are needed, given the emphasis on military campaigns. The bibliography contains published book-length sources only. College, university, and public libraries. -J. W. Webb, Eastern Kentucky University

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Review by Library Journal Review

This vast work is a comprehensible survey of the political history of British India from 1747 to 1947. In 77 chapters, Moon explores the role of Britain in India with great depth, but disappointingly little interpretation. His account soft-pedals Britain's economic rape of India and touches only lightly on the Europeans' arrogant racial attitudes and practices toward the natives. With few exceptions, Moon gets the history right, but in extremely dull fashion compared to the crisp prose of his earlier works. Only in recounting the last two decades of British rule does the work take on a little spark and snap, perhaps reflective of Moon's participation in the events as a member of the Indian Civil Service. His work, however, is a useful compilation of facts and the 14 maps are a positive bonus.-- John F. Riddick, Central Michigan Univ. Lib., Mt. Pleasant (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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