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Shameful Flight
Shameful Flight
 
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Author : Stanley Wolpert
Publisher : Oxford
ISBN# : 0-19-515198-4
Pages : 238
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Britain’s precious and ill-planned disengagement from India in 1947 –condemned as a “shameful flight” by Winston Churchill – had a truly catastrophic effect on South Asia, leaving hundreds of thousands of people dead in its wake and creating a legacy of chaos, hatred, and war that has lasted over half a century. Ranging from the fall of Singapore in 1942 to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948, Shameful Flight provides a vivid behind-the-scenes look at Britain’s decision to divest itself from the crown jewel of its empire. Stanley Wolpert, a leading authority on Indian history, paints memorable portraits of all the key participants, including Gandhi, Churchill, Attlee, Nehru, and Jinnah, with special focus on British viceroy Lord Louis Mountbatten, the flamboyant cousin of the king, who rushed the process of nationhood along at an absurd pace.
 
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