One Man against the Empire: The Faqir of Ipi and the British in Central Asia on the Eve of and during the Second World War

  title={One Man against the Empire: The Faqir of Ipi and the British in Central Asia on the Eve of and during the Second World War},
  author={Milan L. Hauner},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  pages={183 - 212}
  • M. Hauner
  • Published 1 January 1981
  • History
  • Journal of Contemporary History
Among the enemies of the British Empire on the eve of the Second World War the Faqir of Ipi was unique. He was the most determined, implacable single adversary the British Raj in India had to face amongst its own subjects, though he also utterly disregarded the logics of the international situation and unwittingly started a campaign when he had the least chance of attracting international support against the British. As a guerrilla leader he was uncompromising, unyielding, obstinate and… 

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