By D. A. Low
At the eve of the 50th anniversary of Indian independence Anthony Low examines anew the specific personality of might be the main momentous fight of the 20 th century. He indicates how the fight used to be conditioned by means of the anomaly of the British place, decided to carry quickly to their Indian empire but reluctant to provide unyielding resistance to their nationalist competitors. Britain and Indian Nationalism makes a huge contribution to the historiography of recent India, to Britain's family with its empire, and to the background of decolonization within the 20th century.
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It deprived the British o f a vital strategic asset w h e n they c a m e t o fight t h e future fateful battle of the Atlantic. D e Valera remained equivocal about Ireland's precise relation t o t h e British C o m m o n w e a l t h throughout his term in office w h i c h lasted until 1 9 4 8 , hoping against h o p e that if h e refrained from breaking the final link a chance might remain o f bringing Ulster back into a united Ireland. W. Dean, 'Final Exit? Britain, Eire, the Commonwealth and the Repeal of the External Relations Act, 1945-1949', Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 20, 3, Sept.
181. Moore, Crisis of Indian Unity, ch. 6. RJ. Moore, Churchill, Cripps, and India 1939-1945, Oxford 1979, p. 4. Introduction: contemporary encounters 35 On 7 December 1941 the Japanese attacked the American fleet in Pearl Harbor and launched themselves on their conquest of all of Southeast Asia. On 27 December 1941 (in a telling statement presaging the further break up of the British Empire) John Curtin, the Australian Prime Minister, declared that in this dire situation 'Australia looks to America, free of any pangs as to our traditional links or kinship with the United Kingdom 5 , 106 and thereafter in March 1942, following upon the fall of Singapore on 15 February 1942, the British coalition government, pressured by those same Labour members, precipitously announced that India could have full independence as soon as the Second World War was over.
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