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British Ruled India


by David Steinberg

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1. Documentary Sources, Libraries and other Institutions

Periodical Literature – Historical Abstracts ( ). Access provided by many academic libraries.


1.1 British Sources

British Library - India Office Records located at British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB.

National Archives of England, Wales and the United Kingdom

Access to Archives - A2A - The A2A is a searchable database that includes the majority of India Office Records catalogues.

Sources for Imperial and Commonwealth History


CAB Records of the Cabinet Office 1863-1997

CAB Records of the Committee of Imperial Defence 1863-1974

CAB 6 - Committee of Imperial Defence: Defence of India Memoranda (D Series) 1901-1939

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP) – This gives access to texts of British Laws (e.g. all the government of India Acts) as well as many key reports tabled e.g. Command Papers (CD) such as the Crewe Report on the reorganisation of the India Office (CMD 207 1919); Report of the Joint Committee. Report and proceedings; Evidence, Appendices, Records and Indices (Indian Constitutional Reform) and Report, proceedings, and Records (Indian Constitutional Reform); annual Statement exhibiting the moral and material progress and condition of India

British Thesis Service ( – “… run by the British Library and supported by most UK universities – though there are a few significant omissions of research universities from its ranks. The BTS takes copies of printed theses produced by its members, and makes microfilm copies of them for loan or sale via the British Library.” [1]


Index To Theses ( ) - A comprehensive listing of theses with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in Great Britain and Ireland since 1716. There are just under half a million theses in this collection. Access provided by many academic libraries.

British Library Integrated Catalogue ( ) - Records of British theses held in the British Library collection are included in the 'Document Supply Material' section of this catalogue.


1.2 South Asian Sources

INFLIBNET is an autonomous Inter-University Centre of the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India. It includes searchable:

Government Archives in South Asia: A guide to National and State Archives in Ceylon, India and Pakistan, ed - D. A. Low, J. C. Iltis, M. D. Wainwright.

1.3 Other Sources

Library of Congress Online Catalog

Dissertation Abstracts Online is a definitive subject, title, and author guide to virtually every American dissertation accepted at an accredited institution since 1861. Selected Masters theses have been included since 1962. In addition, since 1988, the database includes citations for dissertations from 50 British universities that have been collected by and filmed at The British Document Supply Centre. Beginning with DAIC Volume 49, Number 2 (Spring 1988), citations and abstracts from Section C, Worldwide Dissertations (formerly European Dissertations), have been included in the file.

ProQuest Digital Dissertations – key online searchable source. Access provided by many academic libraries.

Project South Asia - Web-based digital library for improving the study and teaching of South Asia

Indian History Sourcebook

Papers of Sir Percy James Grigg, PC, KCB, KCSI

Tej Bahadur Sapru (1875-1949)  his papers

H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught's Address to the Indian Assembly on its Inauguration, 9 February 1921

School of Oriental and African Studies Library - London

Committee on South Asian Libraries and Documentation

South Asia Libraries in USA

Duke University Library – South Asian Studies (dissertations)


2. Bibliography of Books Articles and Dissertations


3. Wikipedia Articles (main Category - British rule in India)



Aligarh Muslim University see also Sir Syed Ahmed Khan

Amritsar Massacre And General Reginald Dyer

First Anglo-Maratha War

B.R. Ambedkar

Anglo-Mysore Wars

Second Anglo-Sikh War


Battle of Assaye



Bhagavad Gita

Bahadur Shah Zafar

Bengal famine of 1943


Black Hole of Calcutta

Bombay Presidency

Subhash Chandra Bose,

British East India Company and Company rule in India

British Indian Army, Military of British India

British Political Parties and Politicians

Conservative Party (see also Diehard Conservatism) - George Nathaniel Curzon,  Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 4th Earl of Minto; Charles Hardinge, 1st Baron Hardinge of Penshurst; Frederic John Napier Thesiger, 3rd Baron Chelmsford; F. E. Smith, Earl of Birkenhead; Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, 1st Baron Irwin; Stanley Baldwin; Sir Samuel Hoare; Lawrence Dundas, 2nd Marquess of Zetland; Leo Amery; Victor Alexander John Hope, 2nd Marquess of Linlithgow, Lord Lloyd, Winston Churchill

§         Labour - Ramsay MacDonald, Clement Attlee; Sydney Olivier; William Wedgwood Benn (started as a Liberal but was labour when Secretary of State 1929-31); Stafford Cripps

British rule in India

British Raj

Cabinet Mission

Caste System; Social groups of India; Brahmins; Scheduled Castes and Tribes; Dalit (outcaste); Neo-Buddhism; All-India Scheduled Caste Federation;  B.R. Ambedkar

Robert Clive

Commander-in-Chief, India

Constituent Assembly

Cripps Mission

Dominion Status, Balfour Declaration of 1926, Statute of Westminster 1931, responsible government and self-governing colony

Joseph François Dupleix

Emperor of India

All India Forward Bloc

Free Trade

Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi-Irwin Pact

Government of India Act

§        Government of India Act 1909

Governor-General of India - Viceroy of India (links to individual biographical information)



Allan Octavian Hume

Hyder Ali

Indian Civil Service

Indian independence movement and Indian freedom fighters

Indian National Army and Arzi Hukumate Azad Hind

Indian National Congress and All India Congress Committee

Indian rebellion of 1857

Indian philosophers

Jammu and Kashmir, Instrument of Accession Kashmir and Kashmir Dispute


Rudyard Kipling


Rani Lakshmi Bai

Languages and Scripts

1.      Languages of India

2.      Scripts - Brahmi, Devanagari, Bengali, Nasta'liq (derived from the Arabic alphabet).

Doctrine of Lapse

Lord Lloyd

Lord Lothian - Philip Kerr, 11th Marquess of Lothian

Lucknow Pact

Mohammad Ali Jinnah


Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya

Maratha Empire

Mughal Empire and List of Mughal emperors

Muslim League and Muslim

Nana Sahib

Nawab (includes links to various nawabs)

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

Motilal Nehru

Nehru Report (author David Steinberg)

New Delhi

Nizam of Hyderabad

Partition of the province of Bengal

Partition of India

Vallabhbhai Patel

Battle of Plassey

Political integration of India

Princely States

Quit India Movement


Rajputs and Rajputana

Red Fort

Republic of India and Pakistan

Indian Round Table Conferences 1931-1933 (author David Steinberg); Communal Award; Proposed Indian Round Table Conference 1922 (author David Steinberg)

Rowlatt Act

Sanskrit language

States Reorganisation Act

Tej Bahadur Sapru (author David Steinberg)

Valangiman Sankarana-rayana Srinivasa Sastri (author David Steinberg)

Siraj Ud Daulah

Satyagraha; Salt Satyagraha; Quit India Movement

Secretary of State for India (links to individual biographical information), India Office (author David Steinberg) and Under-Secretary of State for India (links to individual biographical information for some of the Permanent Under-Secretaries of State for India )


Sikhism and Sikh

Simon Commission and Sir John Simon

Social Darwinism

Subaltern (post-colonialism) - The Subaltern Studies Group (SSG) or Subaltern Studies Collective are a group of scholars in India, interested in the postcolonial and post-imperial societies of India in particular and the developing world in general. The term Subaltern Studies is sometimes also applied more broadly to others who share many of their views. Their approach is one of history from below, focused more on what happens among the masses at the base levels of society than among the elite. (Web definition_


Swadeshi movement


Tatia Tope

Two Nation Theory

Vedic Tradition

Walchand Hirachand

Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley


4. Other Links

Provinces of British India 

Library of Congress – India Country Study

Liberal political activity in India over the past 120 years

Sunset on the Raj – India 1945-48

The “Satraps’ Scheme” for Government of India Reform, 15th January, 1919

Partition of Bengal [1905-1911]

Simla Deputation [1906]

Establishment of All India Muslim League [1906]

Minto-Morley Reforms

The Lucknow Pact [1916]

Montague-Chelmsford Reforms

Khilafat Movement [1919-1924]

Simon Commission [1927]

Delhi Muslim Proposals [1927]

Nehru Report [1928]

All Parties Muslim Conference

Fourteen Points of M. A. Jinnah [1929]

Allahabad Address [1930]

Round Table Conferences [1930-33]

The Communal Award [1932]

Government of India Act 1935

Rule of Congress Ministries [1937-1939]

The Ideology of Pakistan: Two-Nation Theory


Emergence of Gandhiji - National Politics and Its Aftermath

Gandhiji's Associates in India

Nehru Report – Muslim View

Pandit Motilal Nehru

GovernorGeneral of India

Lord Irwin

Poona Pact