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Author Karnad, Raghu, author
Title Farthest field : an Indian story of the Second World War / Raghu Karnad
Imprint New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2015
book jacket
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 人文社會聯圖  D767.6 .K346 2015    AVAILABLE    30610020476941
 Modern History Library  940.541241 K18    AVAILABLE    30550100661295
Edition First American edition
Descript xx, 300 pages : maps ; 25 cm
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Note "A brilliantly conceived nonfiction epic, a war narrated through the lives and deaths of a single family. A young man from the sleepy south Indian coast, sensing adventure and opportunity, follows his brothers-in-law into the army--and onto the front lines of India's Second World War. His army fights for the British empire, even as his countrymen fight for freedom from it, and Indian soldiers end up on both sides of the vast conflict. The narrative travels from Madras to Eritrea, Iraq, and Burma, unfolding the saga of a young family amazed by their swiftly changing world and devastated by its violence. The Farthest Field reveals how the war transformed India, its army, and the British empire that had ruled the country for so long and would, barely two years after the end of the war, abandon it to the horrors of partition. In penetrating nonfiction prose, Raghu Karnad retrieves from obscurity the epic of India's Second World War--a war the world reveres, but India would choose to forget"--Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-294) and index
Map -- Prologue -- Part one. Home -- Everybody's friend, Calicut, 1936/39 3 -- Hukm Hai, Madras, 1939/40 -- Savages of the Stone Age, Miranshah, November 1941 -- The centre of the world, Madras, February 1942 -- Madras must not burn, April/June 1942 -- Things sacred between us, Mhow, August 1942 67 -- Do or die, Thal, August/October 1942 -- The King's Own, Roorkee, August/December 1942 -- Part two. West -- Second field, Baghdad, March/April 1943 -- The Jemadars' story, Eritrea and Libya, 1940/41 -- The lieutenant's story, El Alamein, 1942 -- Part three. East -- Enter the hurricane, Imphal, north-east frontier, May 1943 -- No heroes, Madras, May/June 1943 -- Fascines and Gabions, Calcutta, October 1943 -- The jungle book, Arakan, December 1943/March 1944 -- Fight with your ghost, Kohima and Jotsoma, April 1944 -- The cremation ground, Kohima, April 1944 -- The elephant, Tiddim Road, June/October 1944 -- The road ahead, Madras, November 1945 -- Epilogue -- Afterword -- Appendices
Subject Mugaseth, Bobby, 1919-1944
World War, 1939-1945 -- India
Soldiers -- India -- Biography
Great Britain. Army. British Indian Army -- Biography
Great Britain. Army. British Indian Army -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
Mugaseth, Bobby, 1919-1944 -- Family
Social change -- India -- History -- 20th century
War and society -- India -- History -- 20th century
World War, 1939-1945 -- India -- Calicut
World War, 1939-1945 -- India -- Madras
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