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Subhas Chandra Bose In Nazi Germany: Politics, Intelligence, and Propaganda 1941-43 (Columbia/Hurst) Hardcover – October 4, 2011

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Product Details

  • Series: Columbia/Hurst
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231702345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231702348
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,965,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Subhas Chandra Bose In Nazi Germany is a thoughtful narrative of the actions and words of Bose during his war years in Germany. Romain Hayes sets out a valuable description and follows the evidence very closely.

(Michael H. Fisher, Oberlin College, author of The Inordinately Strange Life of Dyce Sombre: Victorian Anglo Indian MP and Chancery "Lunatic")

Egotistical, autocratic, hubristic, Subhas Chandra Bose was an ambivalent yet also widely admired figure; a tragic hero who stood on the wrong side of history. This book is a nuanced elucidation of a complex national leader both impressive and infuriating. Romain Hayes effectively evokes the subtleties of Bose's relation with the Congress Party and the masses of his fellow Indians. A highly original, erudite, and scholarly work based on intensive new research and sources. It represents a lucid contribution to our understanding of India's independence movement and its relationship to the global conflict of nations within which it struggled to make its voice heard, and to the massive propaganda fight engaged in with frenzy by all the Second World War's warring parties.

(Nicholas O'Shaughnessy, University of London, author of Politics and Propaganda: Weapons of Mass Seduction)

As the only Indian to lead a military assault against the British empire in the twentieth century, Subhas Chandra Bose is an important figure interrupting the conventional narrative of India's nonviolent resistance against colonialism. Yet the fact that Bose fought Britain with German and Japanese help during the Second World War has led to his efforts being glossed over, downplayed, or dismissed merely as an example of collaboration with fascism. This book's great achievement is to demonstrate that Bose's relations with the Nazis were far more complex than has generally been thought, and in doing so it allows us to see both German diplomacy and Indian nationalism in a new light. Rather than dealing with imperialism as a side issue in the war, Hayes shows that it was an integral part of a great conflict often seen only as a battle between freedom and tyranny.

(Faisal Devji, University of Oxford, author of The Terrorist in Search of Humanity: Militant Islam and Global Politics)

Hayes has put together a lucid exposition of this difficult subject with the available German documentation, interviews with contemporary witnesses, British documents, and Indian sources on Bose...the author has woven the existing material on Bose in a concise and revealing narrative.

(Jaideep Prabhu H-War)

About the Author

Romain Hayes is a freelance writer. This is his first book.

More About the Author

Romain Hayes is an historian with an interest in colonialism, nationalism and fascism. He is presently working on political and military collaboration with Japan in Southeast Asia during the Second World War. His work has been published by Hurst, Random House and Columbia University Press.

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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PST on November 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am a German national with a fair, but amateurish, interest in German history.
I had never heared or read about this peculiar incident during the Nazi period: An Indian coming to Germany to get the "Axis Powers" to help expell Britain from India. Apparently, this was too insignificant for many historians of the Nazi period to be worth mentioning.

The book is certainly well written, but short (really only 160 large print pages. rest are appendices) - apparently, there is not much more to be said about this incident.

So, for someone really interested in this small incident of recent world history, it will be easy and interesting reading. I would not recommend it to anybody else.

NB: I bought the book in India and paid about USD 8.- not USD 30.- asked here! At that price I would not have bought it.)
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