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Pakistan after Partition: the British High Commission 1947-65

August 2, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


In the shadow of Partition, four British High Commissioners were challenged with preserving British interests at a time of civil and regional conflict.

Professor Ian Talbot (University of Southampton) will reveal the different personalities of the four High Commissioners and their individual approaches as they oversaw the transition to independence, introduction of military rule in Pakistan, and mediated the 1965 Indo-Pakistani conflict over Kashmir.

Ian Talbot is Professor of Modern British History at the University of Southampton. He has published extensively in the fields of Colonial Punjab History, the Partition of India and the History of Pakistan. His recent publications include Pakistan: A New History (Hurst, 2012); A History of Modern South Asia (Yale University Press, 2015) and Colonial Lahore (with Tahir Kamran, Hurst, 2016).

This talk is part of the Summer Lecture Series exploring the theme ‘Mapping and movement: people, place and power’, which is generously sponsored by the Friends of The National Archives and supported by the Royal Historical Society.

18:15 – 18:30 Arrival (the coffee bar and bookshop will be open)
18:30 – 19:15 Lecture
19:15 – 19:30 Q&A
19:30 – 20:30 Document display and networking
20:30 Close

The Summer Lecture Series is a programme of five lectures taking place across July and August exploring the theme ‘Mapping movement: people, place and power’. Each of the talks draws upon The National Archives’ rich collections and provides an opportunity to see the documents behind the research.


The National Archives
Ruskin Avenue
Kew, TW9 4DU
020 8876 3444