Administering Colonialism and War: The Political Life of Sir Andrew Clow of the Indian Civil Service

ISBN : 9780199493739

Colin R. Alexander
308 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Jun 2019
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Colonialism is a dehumanizing experience for all those at the mercy of its power structures. The officers of the Indian Civil Service (ICS) were no exception. This book focuses on the role of ICS in World War II and engages in a wider debate about colonialism's impact on its administrators and subjects.

The author looks at the events of World War II specifically in the province of Assam in India's North-East. It is here that the British and American troops were stationed as they attempted to retake Burma following Japan's invasion in 1942 and supply the Allied Chinese by road and air. The volume also focuses on how radio broadcasting was used to manufacture the Indian public's consent for the war effort and explores the horrors of the Bengal Famine and the controversies surrounding the British responses to it.

The central character in the book's narrative is Sir Andrew Clow who was a career civil servant in India. He was the Minister for Communications during the late 1930s and early 1940s before he became the Governor of Assam in 1942.


Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Sir Andrew Gourlay Clow: A Life in History
Chapter 3: Radio Broadcasting in Colonial India
Chapter 4: World War II in Assam and the North-eastern Frontier
Chapter 5: The Indian Civil Service and the Bengal Famine of 1943
Chapter 6: Perspectives: Leaving India and the End of Empire
About the Author

About the author: 

Colin Alexander teaches political communications at Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom. He has spent much of his academic career writing about politics and political communications in various historical and contemporary circumstances. His previous publications include China and Taiwan in Central America: Engaging Foreign Publics in Diplomacy (2014).

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