Jawaharlal Nehru (1889–1964)

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    Abstract

    Jawaharlal Nehru (1889–1964) was an Indian politician who spent many years in British colonial prisons, a situation which can be viewed as the epitome of loss. Rather than languishing in these prisons, he mustered the energy to write two memorable historical works there—a history of the world and a history of India—which are still widely read today. He turned these prison reflections into a historically informed overall view of Indian society in order to steer it through its early years as the world's “largest democracy.” In so doing, he transformed the disadvantage of prison into an advantage and proved that an initial position of loss could ultimately be beneficial for him and his country.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHistory from Loss
    Subtitle of host publicationA Global Introduction to Histories Written from Defeat, Colonization, Exile, and Imprisonment
    EditorsMarnie Hughes-Warrington, Daniel Woolf
    Place of PublicationLondon / New York
    PublisherRoutledge
    Chapter25
    Pages190–196
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-003-12749-9
    ISBN (Print)978-0-367-65030-8, 978-0-367-65028-5
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    Publication statusPublished - Apr-2023

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