Indian forces in North Africa during World War II.
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Letters home reveal what is was like to be an Indian soldier in World War II.
Saad Mohammad Al-Husainy, a student in Birmingham, marries Colette O'Neill in 1954.
Photograph courtesy of Sùna Al-Husainy
For some, the forced movement and brutalities of partition in 1947 led to new opportunities for women and migration to Britain.
Indian Imperial Police, 1908.
There is something disconcerting about the Western move to denounce the human rights records of post-colonial states.
Luxury in the British Raj: Calcutta’s memorial to Queen Victoria, 1921.
How one member of the Indian Civil Service coped with being a colonial usurper.
By Simpson, William (1823-1899) via Wikimedia Commons
Intellectuals of the time saw the British Empire as the heir to the civilising influence of ancient Rome.
Mahatma Gandhi with Lord and Lady Mountbatten, 1947.
As the British Empire became an unaffordable burden, planning for India's independence quickly ran into trouble.