British Foreign Policy 1874-1914
The Role of India
By Sneh Mahajan
Routledge – 2002 – 288 pages
A challenging analysis of British Foreign Policy is provided at a time when Britain possessed the biggest Empire that humankind has ever known. In this Empire India had a unique position, comprising 97 per cent of Britain's Asiatic Empire. All British statesmen deemed it essential to maintain their hold over India whatever the risk or cost of doing so.
This work focuses on aspects that have been hitherto marginalized. It also contributes to debates surrounding the origins of the First World War, the multipolar diplomacy of the late nineteenth century, and the nature of imperial connections.
'Mahajan's work, solidly researched and easy to read, is an important contribution to the understanding of the pre-history of Indian foreign policy.' - The Hindu
1. Constructing Britain's Foreign Policy 2. Flaunting the Indian Empire, 1874-80 3. In the Garb of Moral Imperatives, 1880-5 4. Courting the Triple Alliance, 1885-92 5. Facing the Franco-Russian Combine, 1892-8 6. Seeking Partnerships, 1898-1902 7. Russia: A Friend at Last, 1902-7 8. Nurturing the Entente, 1907-14 9. Conclusion
Sneh Mahajan is Senior Research Fellow at the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi.