William Lamont wrote serious history with intensity and authority. Although non-religious himself, he was fascinated by puritan zeal and the puritan yearning for the Second Coming and he made the most recondite and prolix of puritans accessible to the present. He published major studies in puritanism in the period up to, in to and out of the English Civil War, as well as numerous essays on many themes including, way back in May 1966, an essay on ‘Sir Edward Dering: the Squire who Changed Sides’ in History Today; a short essay that showed how moderate critics of Charles I’s Personal Rule were left behind by radical Puritans as the nation edged towards Civil War.
In the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, it became clear that the British Raj was no longer sustainable. But how should the British leave the Indian subcontinent after such a long period of colonial rule? Should the territory be divided? How could this be done?
The long-contested answers to these questions were delivered between June and August of 1947. In this episode of Travels Through Time the writer and artist Aanchal Malhotra explores the bewildering and traumatic events of that summer. We meet the officials, including the man responsible for drawing the border line between India and Pakistan, Sir Cyril Radcliffe, and many of the individuals whose lives were altered irrevocably by his decisions.