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New South Asian Studies Resources at the Library

January 22, 2014

Great news from the University Library: access to two new South Asia databases at Brown. The collections of Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan: Section I, Independence, Partition and the Nehru Era 1947-64 and India, Raj and Empire are now available on campus or through a VPN connection to the Brown system. 

The collections can be accessed via

Read on for a summary of each collection:

Foreign Office files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Section I, Independence, partition and the Nehru era, 1947-1964

Independence, Partition and the Nehru Era, 1947-1964 is a comprehensive survey of the politics following the independence of India until the death of India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. The documents focus on a variety of subjects and topics including the politics of Kashmir, India’s relationship with the US, as well as Pakistan and India’s regional neighbours, economic development policies, and the relationship between Hindus and Muslims after independence. During this period the region's two principal states underwent a traumatic birth, with the violence and displacements of partition followed by tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir which erupted periodically into both skirmishes and full-blown warfare. The period also saw India clash militarily with Hyderabad in the wake of its ruler's attempts to maintain independence, with Portugal over its unwillingness to give up Goa and its other Indian possessions and, less successfully, with China over disputed territories in the Himalayas. Scholars and students of Indian history, political science, international relations and economics will find in this publication a rich source of materials to explore and understand a critical period in India’s postcolonial history.

India, Raj, & Empire

This collection draws upon the unique manuscript archives of the National Library of Scotland. It provides a fully searchable online resource for studying the relationship between Britain and the British Empire in India in which the Scots played a unique and central role as traders, generals, missionaries, Viceroys, Governor-Generals and East India Company officials. This collection weaves the story of India and Empire through the writings of Governor-Generals, Commander-in-Chiefs, Indian Princes, soldiers, traders, missionaries, explorers, historians and authors of literary works, indigo farmers and tea and coffee planters. It is composed of original manuscript material, comprising diaries and journals, official and private papers, letters, sketches, paintings and original Indian documents containing histories and literary works. Especially strong for the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries this collection will be of particular interest to historians studying: The British Indian Empire; government, administration and politics. The relationship between Britain and the British Indian Empire. The relationship between the British Indian Empire and Indian Princely States. The Mysore and Maratha wars and other conflicts. The role of the Scots in India. The Indian Uprising. Trade and Agriculture.


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Krishna and his wife watch 3 female musicians. Art from the Minassian Collection of Persian, Mughal, and Indian Miniature Paintings