their defense but would not interfere with internal administration. In July 1965 Britain and the Maldives agreed that the islands were completely sovereign. The Republic of Maldives was admitted to the United Nations the same year.
A useful overview of Indian history is Stanley Wolpert A New History of India, 5th ed. ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1997). For a nearly encyclopedic coverage of the British period, the venerable Oxford History of India, 3d ed. ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1958), is valuable; this is an update of the original work by Vincent A. Smith. A new, multivolume Oxford History of India is under preparation, with some volumes already in print. Still a standard work is Arthur Berriedale Keith , A Constitutional History of India ( Allahabad: Central Book Depot, 1961).
For information on Ceylon ( Sri Lanka), see W. Howard Wriggins, Ceylon: Dilemmas of a New Nation (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1960). For Nepal, see Leo E. Rose and John T. Scholz, Nepal: Profile of a Himalayan Kingdom ( Boulder: Westview Press, 1980).
For further discussions of specific topics in this chapter as well as others in this book, see Maureen L. P. Patterson, South Asian Civilizations: A Bibliographic Synthesis ( Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1981), which can be supplemented by the annual Bibliography of Asian Studies, published by the Association for Asian Studies.