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August 2020

'The British in India' David Gilmour

Penguin

The book is an all encompassing account of the life of Britons during (and a bit after) the Indian Raj. The book really covers everything and does, crucially, manage to convey the attitudes of the British and the good and bad sides of imperialism. The book is well-divided into chapters, although these may on occasion overlap. The only aspect which slightly frustrated me was that the book, due to the structure chosen, was not in chronological order. It is worth noting that much of the book is built around the stories of individuals and their experiences to the degree that they are relevant. Overall, it is a great book, especially, for those, who, prior to reading it, had not got an in depth knowledge of the British in India. The most interesting thing I realized was that Burma was a part of the Raj...

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