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by Charles (ed) ALLEN

eBook Plain tales from the Raj: Images of British India in the twentieth century epub
  • ISBN: 0233967109
  • Author: Charles (ed) ALLEN
  • Genre: History
  • Subcategory: Asia
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Deutsch; 1st Edition edition (1975)
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • ePUB size: 1491 kb
  • FB2 size 1752 kb
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This book is contained in ‘Plain Tales From the British Empire’ a trilogy of books, all comprising reminiscences of. .

This book is contained in ‘Plain Tales From the British Empire’ a trilogy of books, all comprising reminiscences of Britons during colonial times – the other two books focusing on Africa and the Far East. And what a feast of reminiscences, which will appeal especially to former expatriates who spent time in far flung stations in the developing world. I enjoyed this book as it takes many quotes and stories of the lives of those who actually lived there at that time.

Allen, Charles, 1940-; Mason, Michael, 1924-. New York : St. Martin's Press. Books for People with Print Disabilities.

Allen, Charles, 1940-; Mason, Michael, 1924-2014. Asia - India & South Asia, Large Print, History - General History, British, Manners and customs, India Britons Social life, ca 1900-1947 - Personal observations - Collections. Oxford : ISIS Large Print.

Charles Allen's classic oral history of the period that marked the end of British rule was first published a generation ag.

Charles Allen's classic oral history of the period that marked the end of British rule was first published a generation ago. Now reissued as the imperial century closes, this brilliantly insightful and bestselling collection of reminiscences illustrates the unique experience of British India: the sadness and luxury for some; the joy and deprivation for others. This book is contained in ‘Plain Tales From the British Empire’ a trilogy of books, all comprising reminiscences of Britons during colonial times – the other two books focusing on Africa and the Far East.

Charles Allen is an oral and military historian specialising in colonial matters. This book is on India, the sequel on Africa is "Tales from the Dark Continent", and the third on the magical lands of the Far East is "Tales from the South China Seas". He is the author of several previous books and lives in north London. Charles Allen, the & historian' for the series was himself born (1940) in India to a family of six generations who served in the British Raj.

The British in India filled the vacancy left by the preceding set of interlopers, the Mughals. In 1974 some fifty in-depth interviews were conducted with survivors of the British raj for a BBC program. While they had their own interests and convictions, they were as much made by the country as its shapers. They found this process-renewed in every generation-an enthralling one, as this pastiche of verbal history shows.

Author : Charles Allen. Publisher : Little, Brown Book Group. Charles Allen's classic oral history of the period that marked the end of British rule was first published a generation ago. Now reissued as the imperial century closes, this brilliantly insightful and bestselling collection o. What's in the Box? 1 x Plain Tales From The Raj: Images of British India in the 20th Century: Images of British India in the Twentieth Century.

Charles Allen, the & historian' for the series was himself born (1940) in India to a family of six generations who served in the British Raj.

This book is on India, the sequel on Africa is "Tales from the Dark Continent", and the third on the magical lands of the Far East is "Tales from the South China Seas".

The Raj was, for two hundred years, the jewel in the British imperial crown. Although founded on military expansionism and undoubted exploitation, it developed over the centuries into what has been called 'benign autocracy' - the government of many by few, with the active collaboration of most Indians in recognition of a desire for the advancement of their country.

Plain Tales from the Raj : Images of British India in the Twentieth Century
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Siramath
If a first-time traveler heading for New Delhi tomorrow could take only one book on the plane, and had already enjoyed Passage to India, Burmese Days and The Jewel in The Crown to name a few, this reader would recommend "Plain Tales of the Raj" for the journey. This authentic and fascinating short oral history, a collection of reminiscences relayed by the Survivors of the Raj in the early 70's, and wonderfully edited by the author Charles Allen, tells it all. Beautifully executed, this book leaves few "cobras" hiding under stones in the blazing sun of India as generations of Britons go marching on through nearly three centuries of its territory and history, leaving their foot-steps in the dusty paths of both glory and poverty laced with royalty in this ancient civilization until Independence takes place in the Summer of 1947. The anecdotes to be found here are priceless at times, causing some good laughs in nearly all of the twenty-one brief chapters while intermingled with some very sobering passages as well. The tone of the interviewed narrators remains moderate throughout as they look back in hindsight, leaving one enchanted and moved with feelings of nostalgia for this mystical bygone era. But, perhaps it is Philip Mason, an active participant of the Raj and falcon-eye observer of this time in history, who summed it up best in the introduction of "Plain Tales" when he said: "No one who wasn't there will ever really understand what it was like - but this book may be a step on the way towards understanding", and he was right. Brilliant and enjoyable, it is irresistible on all accounts.
Ddilonyne
This is the first book of a trilogy based on the personal and recorded accounts of residents of the British Empire between the world wars and the closing stages of British rule. This book is on India, the sequel on Africa is "Tales from the Dark Continent", and the third on the magical lands of the Far East is "Tales from the South China Seas". These books are edited extracts from the British Broadcasting Company Radio archives. Charles Allen, the `oral historian' for the series was himself born (1940) in India to a family of six generations who served in the British Raj.

Each of the chapters (of all the books in the series) are edited narrations from BBC radio 4 interviews with the actual raconteurs. Many of them, if not most, are now gone of course, so these works form their last true oral history.

Despite our rather jaundiced modern view of imperialism these fascinating accounts show some of the very positive benefits of realistically benevolent government. These voices from an imperial past offer insights into the motivation of the British Raj in India, including a sense of giving service, great courage and leadership and of personal sacrifices. But they also reveal the class-ridden lifestyle of relative luxury that was perhaps at the core of the eventual resentment and strengthening of the Indian emotional need for independence.
Maman
This book provides a captivating and concise peek at the men behind the curtain of British Empire; their customs, routines and cloths are all laid out for display. I think it helps to know the overall history of the period and place before coming to a book like this but if you already do this book will magically fill in the gaps in your brain with ever so much intelligence putty that you'll wander how you ever thought you knew the subject at all. A must for anybody interested in the Raj or the machinery of British Colonialism. This book is a tour inside the sausage factory.
Vudogal
I know people often say, "I couldn't put it down"...but literally I could not put this book down! Wonderfully written, a classic! Found a used copy as it was first published in 1975...definitely worth the search. Oral histories woven into an incredible tapestry of British life in India between 1900 and 1947.

Historian/Author Lady Antonia Fraser: "One of the most enjoyable books I have read...It is an authentic record of the survivors of British India...a book which takes on where Kipling left off...Informative, funny and deeply touching"
Jugore
A fascinating history of daily life in India during the British occupation. These are stories collected from people who lived in India and provides incredible detail of the minutiae of living as a member of the 'ruling class' while the narrator brings it together against the larger historical meaning. Surprisingly engrossing.
Altad
I was heading to Bangladesh where I now live and a colleague suggested this book as a good background resource on the region. Granted, it's mainly from the white colonists' point of view of the area, but it shows you how people lived in the late 19th and early 20th century and the British's relationship to the Indians among whom they lived and understood so little. A very good read.
Celace
A gem of a book! Too often, stories of the experience of imperialism are scrubbed to fit in with more modern sensibilities instead of staying true to the authentic tale. This book is glorious for the truth of the voices and the attitudes, morals and viewpoints that were the norm for the time. Invaluable to understanding what life was really like, and what motivated those who were the Raj. This was a wonderful read, completely free from political correctness and censorship. Finally a book that seemed to tell the tale as it was. The book flows well, the stories are engaging, the language is crisp and clear, and valuable information is present on every page. There is no attempt to portray the people as anything other than who they were, they are allowed to tell their own stories. I'm very thankful that someone realised how valuable this material would be to future generations and took the steps to capture it while it was still available.
Loved it! Read it under an umbrella in Fort Lauderdale last week and really enjoyed it. Brought the era of the British Raj to life through narratives of people who actually lived it. Highly recommend it if you are an Anglophile
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