British policy and the Indian constitutional problem, 1939-1940

Hill, Peter Robert (1976). British policy and the Indian constitutional problem, 1939-1940 M.A. Thesis, School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics, The University of Queensland.

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Author Hill, Peter Robert
Thesis Title British policy and the Indian constitutional problem, 1939-1940
School, Centre or Institute School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1976
Thesis type M.A. Thesis
Supervisor D. P. Singhal
Total pages 325
Language eng
Subjects 210302 Asian History
210305 British History
1605 Policy and Administration
Formatted abstract
The Indian constitutional problem arose as soon as Edwin Montagu made his epochal announcement in August 1917. Briefly put, it involved the formulation of a system of government which satisfied, as far as practicable, the varied interests of the main sections of Indian opinion as well as the essential interests of Great Britain, and which was capable of advancing India to the status of a united self-governing Dominion, It thus raised the questions of how and when British responsibility for the government of India-was to be transferred to Indian hands. In the constitutional measures enacted in 1919 and 1935, British policy-makers placed their faith for an answer to the first question in a hybrid cross between parliamentary institutions and federalism. The answer to the second question was left indefinite, but it was anticipated that the process would be necessarily lengthy.

However, with the outbreak of the second world war, it soon became evident that the course of British constitutional policy pursued since 1917 was threatened with collapse. This thesis examines the formulation of British policy towards the Indian constitutional problem during the first eighteen months of the war: a period when the whole question of the direction and pace of Indian constitutional development was under reassessment.
Keyword India -- Politics and government -- 1919-1947
Great Britain -- Colonies -- Asia

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