John Anderson pp 118-176 | Cite as

Governor of Bengal 1932–1937

  • John W. Wheeler-Bennett


THE India into whose service John Anderson was now called stood at a climacteric of her constitutional development. In international and national affairs the position of the Indian Empire was contradictory and anomalous. In company with the British Dominions, India had been a signatory of the Treaties of Peace at Paris in 1919 at the conclusion of the First World War and had thus become automatically a charter member of the League of Nations. Yet her legal status fell considerably short of the requirement stated in the preamble to the Covenant: namely that membership of the League could only be enjoyed by ‘completely self-governing States, Dominions or Colonies’ — and this India certainly was not.


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    Sir James Grigg, Prejudice and Judgement (1948), p. 295.Google Scholar
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    Professor A. Berriedale Keith, Letters on Imperial Relations (London, 1935), p. 347.Google Scholar
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    Professor Nicholas Mansergh, Survey of British Commonwealth Affairs; Problems of External Policy 1931–1939 (Oxford, 1952), p. 248.Google Scholar

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