Bridgewater professor publishes research on British Imperialism in India

Brandon Marsh's book details the rise of Indian nationalism after World War I. | Contributed photo

Bridgewater College associate professor of history Brandon Marsh recently published "Ramparts of Empire: British Imperialism and India’s Afghan Frontier, 1918-1948."

Marsh has focused most of his research on India and Central Asia. During his undergraduate years at Lewis & Clark, he spent a semester studying abroad in the Indian subcontinent.

“The history of the British Empire has had a profound impact on the world we live in today,” Marsh said. “I’m especially interested in how the process of British imperialism really created the modern world. It brings up so many fascinating questions: What happens when two radically different cultures interact? What happened, for instance, when the British came to India and encountered the caste system that they likened to their own class system at home?”

His book details the rise of Indian nationalism after World War I, security-obsessed Britain's unwarranted attempts to defend the country from Afghan or Russian invasions, and the British belief that the Pashtuns in India were “inherently violent.”

“We live in a globalized world,” Marsh said, “and it is important that Bridgewater students gain a clear historical context and background for crucial regions like India or the Middle East.”

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