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Indian Army and the First World War: 1914-18

Kaushik Roy


Accustomed to conducting low-intensity warfare before 1914, the Indian Army learnt to engage in high-intensity conventional warfare during the course of World War I, thereby exhibiting a steep learning curve. Being the bulwark of the British Empire in South Asia, the ‘brown warriors’ of the Raj functioned as an imperial fire brigade during the war. Studying the Indian Army as an institution during the war, Kaushik Roy delineates its social, cultural, and organizational aspects to understand its role in the scheme of British imperial projects. Focusing not just on ‘history from above’ but also ... More

Keywords: low-intensity warfare, Indian Army, World War I, learning curve, ‘history from above’, ‘history from below’, military and non-military support

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199485659
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199485659.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kaushik Roy, author
Guru Nanak Chair Professor, Department of HIstory, Jadavpur University