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Independence Lost: The American Revolution and the Invasion of India with Dr. Richard Bell

Independence Lost: The American Revolution and the Invasion of India with Dr. Richard Bell


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The global dimensions of the American Revolution are nowhere more evident than in India. The subcontinent had long been the target of British land grabs, and Indian rulers tried to use the distraction of American secession to push Britain out of Asia entirely. Consider Haidar Ali, the ruler of Mysore, as this talk with University of Maryland historian Dr. Richard Bell demonstrates, who swung into action in 1780, laying siege to British forts and quickly proving himself as tenacious an opponent of imperial authority as George Washington. By war’s end, Ali and his son, Tipu Sulta,n had put Britain firmly on the backfoot, forcing King George to order an all-or-nothing troop surge to India—a dramatic Swing to the East in which the independence of the entire subcontinent hung in the balance.

Dr. Richard Bell is Professor of History at the University of Maryland. He holds a PhD from Harvard University and has won more than a dozen teaching awards, including the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship and the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar Award. Professor Bell is author of the new book "Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home," which was shortlisted for the George Washington Prize and the Harriet Tubman Prize.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Suzette Shelmire (Oxford, US)
American Revolution and India

Dr. Bell never ceaces to amaze me ! this subject of India and the American Revolutionis something I knew nothing aboutI have wished for a seminar on the British Raj and I hope this will open that subject up!

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Suzette Shelmire (Oxford, US)
American Revolution and India

Dr. Bell never ceaces to amaze me ! this subject of India and the American Revolutionis something I knew nothing aboutI have wished for a seminar on the British Raj and I hope this will open that subject up!

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A. (Alexandria, US)

very good