Kant's fine narrative, further enlivened by wonderful photographs and original documents, does more that explore India's role in the First World War. It tells us about the many ways in which the war first allowed India to emerge as a political actor on the international stage, an event with whose momentous consequences we still live. Dr. Faisal Devji, Reader in Indian History, Universitu of Oxford.
Poignant and rigorous, drawing on photos, letters, and even recordings left by Indian veterans, Vedica Kant's excellent book sheds valuable new light on the Indian experience in WWI on bopth the Western and the Ottoman Fronts. An essential reminder of India's central role in turning Europe's Great War into the First Wold War.
Eugene Rogan, Faculty Fellow and Lecturer in Middle Eastern History, University of Oxford.