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Scope of FIBIS' Interest

The main focus of FIBIS activities is the ‘sub-continent’ of India but we are also interested in all areas and activities of the British in South Asia including the following between the founding of the East India Company in 1599 to Indian Independence in 1947:

Also included are the activities of the East India Company in London and St. Helena.

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Historical books online

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History of India

Some general histories available as online books. Please note the dates that these have been written in order to be aware that some of the content may be outdated or incompatible with modern sensibilities.

Volume I [1670-1688]; Vol. II [1688-1757]; Vol. III [1757-1785]. Links to pdf downloads Digital Repository of GIPE, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune, India.
The View of Hindoostan. Volume II Eastern Hindoostan Contents, Index. Part of the same Archive.org digital file. Also available Volume II Heidelberg University Library version.
India and the Frontier States of Afghanistan, Nipal and Burma by J Talboys Wheeler 1899 Printed in New York. Volume I, Volume II Includes a supplementary chapter in Volume II, but otherwise the text is probably the same.
  • History of India published 1906-07 (Archive.org):
  • Volume 1 From the earliest times to the sixth century B.C., by R.C. Dutt.
  • Volume 2 From the sixth century B.C. to the Mohammedan conquest, including the invasion of Alexander the Great, by V.A. Smith.
  • Volume 3 Mediaeval India from the Mohammedan conquest to the reign of Akbar the Great, by S. Lane-Poole.
  • Volume 4 From the reign of Akbar the Great to the fall of the Moghul empire, by S. Lane-Poole
  • Volume 5 The Mohammedan period as described by its own historians, by Sir H.M. Elliot.
  • Volume 6 From the first European settlements to the founding of the English East India company, by Sir W.W. Hunter
  • Volume 7 The European struggle for Indian supremacy in the seventeenth century, by Sir W.W. Hunter.
  • Volume 8 From the close of the seventeenth century to the present time, by Sir A.C. Lyall.
  • Volume 9 Historic accounts of India by foreign travellers, classic, oriental, and occidental, by A.V.W. Jackson
  • The Cambridge History of India published 1922-1932.
Volume V British India 1497-1858 edited by H H Dodwell 1928
Volume VI The Indian Empire 1858-1918. With chapters on the development of Administration 1818-1858 edited by H H Dodwell 1932
Earlier volumes in the series All Archive.org.
The Economic History of India in the Victorian Age: From the Accession of Queen Victoria in 1837.... Original title was India in the Victorian Age; an Economic History of the People 1904 edition, 3rd edition 1908 Archive.org.
[Volume 1] The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province and Kashmir by Sir James Douie 1916. [Volume 2] Bengal, Bihar and Orissa, Sikkim by L S S O’Malley 1917. [Volume 3] The Madras Presidency with Mysore, Coorg and the Associated States by Edgar Thurston 1913. [Volume 4] Burma by Sir Herbert Thirkell White 1923 Archive.org
1973 reprint of 1917 original with "About this book" by Jamna Das Akhtar. Archive.org.
  • Sedition Committee 1918 Report Superintendent Government Printing, Calcutta. 1918. Archive.org. There was also a Secret Edition ref: IOR/V/26/262/1 British Library. One of the aims of the Committee was to “investigate and report on the nature and extent of the criminal conspiracies connected with the revolutionary movement in India.” See previous item for the book by James Campbell Ker.
Sedition Committee 1918 Appendices Archive.org version, mirror from Digital Library of India.
Report on the Administration of India for the year 1916-17 Pdf download Digital Repository of GIPE-Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics [Pune India].
Archive.org
India in 1922-23 (1923), Contents, Index; India in 1923-24 (1924), Contents, Index; India in 1925-26 (1926) Contents, Index; India in 1930-1931 (1932), Contents, Index.
The following books on Archive.org may require either a DjVu or Torrent (BitTorrent) plug-in: India in 1917-18; India in 1934-35
The following are available as mirror versions (from Digital Library of India) on Archive.org 1917-18; 1919; 1920; 1921-22; 1924-25; 1926-27; 1927-28; 1928-29; 1929-30; 1931-32; 1932-33; 1933-34; 1934-35. Additional files are also available for these years.
  • The Indian Recorder was intended to be a reference book for the period. Archive.org, including Digital Library of India Collection.
April-June 1932; July-September,1932; October-December,1932; January- March 1933.
Years Of Destiny India 1926-1932 by J C Coatman 1932. Reprinted in 1985 as India The Years Of Struggle For Freedom. Archive.org version, mirror from Digital Library of India.
The Indian Riddle by John Coatman 1932. Archive.org version, mirror from Digital Library of India. Full title: The Indian Riddle: a Solution Suggested
India The Road To Self Government by John Coatman 1942. Archive.org version, mirror from Digital Library of India.
Asia In The European Age 1498-1955 by Michael Edwardes 1961. Archive.org, Public Library of India Collection.
The West in Asia, 1850-1914 by Michael Edwardes 1967. Archive.org Lending Library. Covers European powers and Great Britain, including India, Burma, Malaya, North Borneo.
  • The Administrative History of India, 1834-1947; General Administration by B B Misra 1970. Archive.org Lending Library.
  • The Transfer of Power 1942-7. Editor in Chief Nicholas Mansergh, Editor Penderel Moon. Published in 12 volumes 1970- 1983 HMSO. Title page includes the additional title Constitutional Relations between Britain and India. Unpublished documents from the India Office Records.
v. 1. The Cripps Mission, January-April 1942.--v. 2. Quit India, 30 April-21 September 1942.--v. 3. Reassertion of authority, Gandhi's fast, and the succession to the Viceroyalty, 21 September 1942-12 June 1943.--v. 4. The Bengal famine and the new Viceroyalty, 15 June 1943-31 August 1944.--v. 5. The Simla Conference, background and proceedings, 1 September 1944-28 July 1945.--v. 6. The post-war phase: new moves by the Labour Government, 1 August 1945-22 March 1946.--v. 7. The cabinet mission, 23 March-29 June 1946.--v. 8. The interim government, 3 July-1 November, 1946.--v. 9. The fixing of a time limit, 4 November 1946-22 March 1947.--v. 10. The Mountbatten Viceroyalty, formation of a plan, 22 March-30 May 1947.--v. 11. The Mountbatten Viceroyalty announcement and reception of the 3 June plan 31 May-7 July 1947.--v. 12. The Mountbatten Viceroyalty, princes, partition, and independence, 8 July-15 August 1947.
Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, Vol. 4, Vol. 5, Vol. 6, Vol. 7, Vol. 8, Vol. 9, Vol. 10, Vol. 11, Vol. 12 Archive.org Lending Library.