The Raj Re-Examined

Presented in association with the South Asia Centre, LSE

6.30-8.00pm, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics, 54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ.
Tickets £8.50 per lecture (£6 BACSA members) include wine reception afterwards.
Students £5.50 on presentation of a valid student ID.

Monday 5 November
The British in India: Three Centuries of Ambition and Experience
Sir David Gilmour outlines the social history of an extraordinary endeavour.
Sir David’s books include Curzon, The Long Recessional, The Ruling Caste and The British in India (2018).

Monday 3 December
Claude Martin: An Enlightenment Figure in 18th-Century India
Dr Rosie Llewellyn-Jones MBE explores the life and legacy of Major General Claude Martin, a Frenchman in the service of the HEIC. Rosie Llewellyn-Jones’s books include The Uprising of 1857 and The Last King in India: Wajid Ali Shah.

Monday 14 January
Empress: Queen Victoria and India
Queen Victoria was never a token ruler. Professor Miles Taylor discusses the impact India had on the Queen and the pivotal role she played in India. Miles Taylor has a chair in modern history at the University of York and is the author of Empress: Queen Victoria and India (2018).

Monday 11 February
Dark Hero: Nicholson of Delhi
Mortally wounded in the storming of Delhi in 1857, Brigadier General John Nicholson was one of the great heroes of Victorian Britain. Stuart Flinders considers his life and reputation. Stuart Flinders is a BBC journalist, broadcaster and author of Cult of a Dark Hero: Nicholson of Delhi (2018).

Monday 11 March
End of Empire

Alex von Tunzelmann considers the interplay of personalities and politics in the events leading up to Britain’s exit from India. Alex von Tunzelmann is author of Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire, described by William Dalrymple as ‘Unquestionably the best book I have ever read on the Independence and Partition of India and Pakistan’.

Monday 8 April
Scotland’s Empire: The Scots in British India
Sir Tom Devine considers the role of Scots in India in administration, the military and trade with special reference to the period from the late 17th to the early 19th centuries. Sir Tom Devine is professor emeritus in history at the University of Edinburgh. His books include To the Ends of the Earth: Scotland’s Global Diaspora, The Scottish Nation 1700-2000 and Scotland’s Empire.

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