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Women Against the Raj the Rani of Jhansi Regiment

Joyce Chapman Lebra (author)

ISBN: 9789812308092

Publication Date: Dec 2008

Format: Hardback

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Tells the history of the Rani of Jhansi Regiment, part of the Indian National Army led by Bengali revolutionary Subhas Chandra Bose during World War II. The Regiment, a hitherto forgotten part of 'the Forgotten Army', was composed largely of girls who had never seen India yet were eager to enlist to liberate India from colonial bondage.
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This is a ground-breaking history of the Rani of Jhansi Regiment, part of the Indian National Army led by Bengali revolutionary Subhas Chandra Bose during World War II. The Regiment, a hitherto forgotten part of 'the Forgotten Army', was composed largely of teenage volunteers from Malayan rubber estates, girls who had never seen India yet were eager to enlist to liberate India from colonial bondage. Bose, creator of the Regiment, connected a historical thread extending from the original Rani of Jhansi, killed in battle by the British in 1858, through Bengali women revolutionaries of the 1930s, to the Regiment, which he hoped would spearhead the liberation of India. "The Rani of Jhansi Regiment" provides a model of empowerment relevant for contemporary Indian women.

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One of the most distinguished American historians of Asia, Professor Joyce Lebra has written an innovative and path-breaking book on Indian women who took up arms against the British Raj during the Second World War. Women Against the Raj: The Rani of Jhansi Regiment will be warmly welcomed as a major contribution to the fields of international history, military history and women's history. Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of History, Harvard University
Pages 132
Date Published 30 Dec 2008
Publisher ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute
Subject/s Asian history   Gender studies: women   Colonialism & imperialism   Military history  
Joyce Chapman Lebra was Professor of Japanese History and Indian History at the University of Colorado until her retirement.

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