This book examines how India was placed and placed itself in the world during the first half of the 20th century in a period of global turmoil and set against the subcontinental contest for independence. In situating India in the world, it looks not just at current foreign policy studies, but also at geopolitics, World War experiences, theoretical and strategic approaches, early foreign policy institutional transitions and the role of Indian civil and foreign diplomatic services. The work explores history and theory with a focus on cosmopolitanism beyond nationalism.
The use of extensive sources from archives in UK and Russia — especially in different languages, mainly German and Russian — lends this volume an edge over most other works. The book will be useful to professional academics, historians including military historians, security specialists, literary specialists, foreign policy experts, journalists and the general reader interested in international issues.
Table of Contents
Contributors. Preface. Prologue 1. Geopolitics as the Theory of World Dominion 2. The Imperialism of Anti-Imperialism: The United States and India in the Second World War 3. War and the World: Tagore’s Praxis of the Global from the 1890s to the 1920s 4. From Erode to Volga: Periyar EVR’s Soviet and European Tour, 1932 5. The Indian Civil Service and Indian Foreign Policy 6. India–ar and the World: Tagore’s Pm USSR, 1946–49: A False Start?. Index
Madhavan K. Palat has been Editor, Selected Works of Jawaharlal Nehru, New Delhi, since 2011. He was earlier National Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, Visiting Professor of Imperial Russian History at the University of Chicago, and taught Russian and European History from 1974 to 2004 at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has published on Russian social, literary and political history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has edited Social Identities in Revolutionary Russia (2001) and co-edited the History of Civilizations of Central Asia, vol. 6 (2005). His recent articles include, ‘The Grand Inquisitor and the Holy Fool,’ Foundation Day Lecture, ICHR, 2014, and ‘The Interesting Ideas of Eric Hobsbawm,’ NMML Occasional Paper, 2013.