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From imperial discussion to transnational debate. The Commonwealth journal The Round Table and the Indo-Pakistani partition, 1947–1957

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Jens Norrby
Publicerad i History of European Ideas
Volym 46
Nummer/häfte 1
Sidor 25-40
ISSN 01916599
Publiceringsår 2020
Publicerad vid Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion
Centrum för Europaforskning (CERGU)
Sidor 25-40
Språk en
Länkar https://doi.org/10.1080/01916599.20...
Ämnesord British Empire, commonwealth, decolonisation, the Indo-Pakistani partition, The Round Table, transnational history
Ämneskategorier Idé- o lärdomshistoria

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© 2019, © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. The political shockwaves from the partition of India and Pakistan were felt far beyond the local tragedies that followed in its wake–not least in British imperial politics, where the two new Dominions and the subsequent reorganisation of the Commonwealth drastically altered the character of the imperial machinery. This article covers the first decade of Pakistan’s and India’s independence through the activity of the Commonwealth journal The Round Table. Through studying the interaction between the local correspondents and the English editorial staff, it argues that the inclusion of these new members, whose political class did not primarily stem from settlers, pressed the journal to transform its character. Thus, the journal went from facilitating imperial discussion, in which a homogenous group of contributors sought agreement, to transnational debate, in which a heterogeneous set of national perspectives were contrasted without any substantial reconciliation. As such, this meant the breakdown of the journal’s vision of a united, disinterested imperial truth and in its place spawned a multitude of parallel national views.

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