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Plain Tales From The Raj: Images of British India in the 20th Century

Charles Allen

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British Empire, Prose: non-fiction, History, Asian history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

* A classic history of Britons' experiences of India in the last days of the Raj.

The Raj was, for two hundred years, the jewel in the British imperial crown. Although founded on military expansionism and undoubted exploitation, it developed over the centuries into what has been called 'benign autocracy' - the government of many by few, with the active collaboration of most Indians in recognition of a desire for the advancement of their country.

Charles Allen's classic oral history of the period that marked the end of British rule was first published a generation ago. Now reissued as the imperial century closes, this brilliantly insightful and bestselling collection of reminiscences illustrates the unique experience of British India: the sadness and luxury for some; the joy and deprivation for others.

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Praise for Plain Tales From The Raj: Images of British India in the 20th Century

  • One of the most enjoyable books I have read ... It is an authentic record of the survivors of British India ... a book which takes on where Kipling left off - ANTONIA FRASER

  • Both a guide and an entertaining companion ... Humour, drama and regret fill its pages - MAIL ON SUNDAY

  • A lovely and compelling account of what India meant to the British between 1900 and 1947 ... One of the best - THE TIMES

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Charles Allen

Charles Allen is the author of a number of bestselling books about Indian and the colonial experience elsewhere. A traveller, historian and master storyteller he is one of the great chroniclers of India.