Empress; Queen Victoria and India by Miles Taylor. Yale University Press. Both Victoria and Albert were intrigued by India, by the role that India played in their reign, and by the British role in Indian development.
Ganges; The Many Pasts of an Indian River by Sudipta Sen. Yale University Press. A sweeping history of Earth’s third biggest river, held sacred across South Asia and the Hindu Diaspora.
A People’s History of India 14; Economic History of India, AD 1206 to 1526 by Irfan Habib. The period of the Delhi Sultanate and the Vijayanagara Empire. Columbia University Press, paper.
The British in India; A Social History of the Raj by David Gilmour. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. A portrait of the lives of the British in India, merchants and bureaucrats, from the seventeenth century to Independence.
The Greek Experience of India; From Alexander to the Indo-Greeks by Richard Stoneman. Princeton University Press. When the Greek and Macedonian armies reached India’ they entered a new and strange world, one that needed new explanatory models.
Inglorious Empire; What the British Did to India by Shashi Tharoor. Scribe US. Paper. Massacred unarmed protestors, institutionalized racism, starvation, etc.
The British in India; A Social History of the Raj by David Gilmour. Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux. The lives of the British in India, from the seventeenth century to independence.
Gandhi; The Years That Changed the World, 1914 to 1948 by Ramachandra Guha. Knopf. The last volume of Guha’s biography; the first was entitled Gandhi before India
Indian Migration and Empire; A Colonial Genealogy of the Modern State by Radhika Mongia. Duke University Press, paper. The regulation of Indians moving throughout the Empire from the abolition of slavery in 1834 to the Great War.
The Making of India; The Untold Story of British Enterprise by Kartar Lalvani. Bloomsbury, Paper. A look at the benefits – civil, institution, and political – of British colonial rule.
The Balfour Declaration; Empire, the Mandate, and Resistance in Palestine by Bernard Regan. The imperial deal that transformed the Middle East and sealed the fate of Palestine. Sadly to no avail Palestinians are dying on the streets and in the neighborhoods of Jerusalem.