Letters home reveal what is was like to be an Indian soldier in World War II.
For some, the forced movement and brutalities of partition in 1947 led to new opportunities for women and migration to Britain.
There is something disconcerting about the Western move to denounce the human rights records of post-colonial states.
How one member of the Indian Civil Service coped with being a colonial usurper.
Intellectuals of the time saw the British Empire as the heir to the civilising influence of ancient Rome.
As the British Empire became an unaffordable burden, planning for India's independence quickly ran into trouble.