The Viceroyalty of Lord Irwin, 1926-1931

The Viceroyalty of Lord Irwin, 1926-1931

The Viceroyalty of Lord Irwin, 1926-1931

The Viceroyalty of Lord Irwin, 1926-1931

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The events covered in this book occurred less than thirty years ago but are now as much a part of history as, say, the Norman Conquest. Contemporaneity is a matter of mood as well as of time, and it is possible today to study Lord Irwin's viceroyalty, its hopes and its fears, with detachment and accuracy, setting aside prejudice and conjecture.

This work was made possible by the access granted to me by the Government of India to the official files and records of the period. The only condition made was that detailed references to these sources should not be given. Lord Irwin (now Lord Halifax) most kindly answered my many questions and discussed with me the various aspects of his viceroyalty; but he is not, of course, responsible for any of the views stated here. From Professor V. H. Galbraith I have received, throughout the making of this book, the most generous encouragement. I am also grateful to Dr. C. C. Davies, Mr. Christopher Hill, Mr. J. Steven Watson, and Mr. E. T. Williams who have all read the typescript and given much helpful advice.

S. G.

November 1956 . . .

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