BACSA has great pleasure in inviting members to

RECONSIDERING THE RAJ: 5 lectures on British India

1947 marked the end of British rule in India, 200 years in which the British replaced the Mughals as controlling power and laid the foundations for modern India.  The British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia, in collaboration with the Institute of Historical Research, presents a series of five lectures in which leading scholars will reconsider this remarkable period.

6-8.30pm, Wolfson Conference Room 1, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HU

Any of the lectures may be booked at

Lecture 1  Monday 11 December

The Chaos of Empire: Rethinking British Rule in India

Dr Jon Wilson, Senior Lecturer in British Imperial & South Asian History, King’s College London, author of the controversial revisionist history India Conquered: Britain’s Raj and the Chaos of Empire, argues British rule was accidental and chaotic, serving British interests rather than any wider good.

Lecture 2  Tuesday 9 January

Myth and History: India and the British Raj

Charles Allen, distinguished author of Plain Tales from the Raj, Kipling Sahib, and many others, responds that Britain contributed elements of undoubted benefit to India, arguing that the promotion of patriotic myths, coupled with widespread ignorance about the past, has led to an unhealthy distortion of British Indian history.

Lecture 3  Tuesday 6 February

With Havelock at Lucknow: City, Siege and Resistance

Dr Rosie Llewellyn-Jones MBE, editor of Chowkidar & author of The Great Uprising in India 1857-58, and Sir Mark Havelock-Allan QC, 5th Baronet of Lucknow, g-g-grandson of Sir Henry Havelock and President of BACSA

Lecture 4  Tuesday 6 March

Afghanistan: Britain’s Imperial Misadventures

Jules Stewart, journalist and author of On Afghanistan’s Plains, The Savage Border and five other books on Afghanistan

Lecture 5  Tuesday 10 April

Independence and Partition

Panel discussion between Professor Joya Chatterji (from the standpoint of India), Dr Farzana Shaikh (from that of Pakistan) and Professor Ian Talbot (considering the British position), with Victoria Schofield acting as moderator.

Joya Chatterji is Professor of South Asian History (Cambridge) and author of The Spoils of Partition and Bengal Divided. Farzana Shaikh is Associate Fellow, Asia Programme (Chatham House), and author of Making Sense of Pakistan. Ian Talbot is Professor of Modern British History (Southampton) and author of The Partition of India and Pakistan: A New History. Victoria Schofield is author of Kashmir in Conflict and Wavell: Soldier and Statesman.

Reconsidering the Raj- Lecture Series