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Five Must-Read Books on India's Freedom Struggle

India  •  1 Aug, 2023  •  14,843 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia

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Understanding the nuances of historical events as monumental as the Indian Independence Movement can be a challenging endeavour. This pivotal period, spanning from the mid-19th century till 1947, was characterized by a series of protests, political developments, and complex sociocultural changes that led to India's freedom from British colonial rule. To aid you in this exciting journey into the past, we have curated a list of five influential books that offer a rich and detailed account of the Indian Independence Movement.


Freedom at Midnight - Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre

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This popular narrative history book provides an extensive account of the final year of the British Raj till the day India gained independence. Written by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre, 'Freedom at Midnight' intricately covers events leading up to the partition of India and the violence that ensued. The authors have conducted numerous interviews with individuals who witnessed the historic events, thus offering a deeply personal and human perspective of this tumultuous era.

India's Struggle for Independence - Bipan Chandra

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An essential read for history enthusiasts, 'India's Struggle for Independence' delves into the 200-year-long battle against British colonial rule. Authored by the renowned historian Bipan Chandra, this comprehensive book uncovers the vital roles of various figures in the freedom movement, not just the prominent leaders. The volume is academically rigorous and provides an excellent exploration of the ideologies and strategies employed during the struggle.



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Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World - Ramachandra Guha

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Ramachandra Guha's meticulous biography of Mahatma Gandhi offers a profound understanding of the central figure in the Indian Independence Movement. The book spans from the time Gandhi left South Africa to his assassination in 1948, covering his philosophies, strategies of non-violence and civil disobedience, and crucial role in achieving India's independence. Guha's work offers an intimate look into Gandhi's personal and political life, presenting a holistic view of his impact on Indian history.

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