By Alex Von Tunzelmann
At the stroke of dead night on August 15, 1947, the British Empire withdrew from India, inviting in the entire excitement and turmoil of a newly loose society. during this brilliant, atmospheric renowned heritage, Alex von Tunzelmann chronicles those occasions throughout the so much admired figures: Dickie Mountbatten, Britain’s speeding, inept final viceroy; Dickie's savvy, glamorous spouse, Edwina, who chanced on the affection of her existence in Jawaharlal Nehru, India's new major minister; Muslim chief Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and Mohandas Gandhi. Tunzelman's exciting chronicle "removes the veil from the colourful personalities and occasions in the back of Inida's independence and partition with Pakistan" (The Washington Post).
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There are, quite apart from special services for the army, railways, ports, and bridges to build, electrical works to erect for lighting, tramways, etc. and the really wretched conditions of most of the steamers that ply regularly here offer good chances for German competition. We shall naturally not be left alone to do all this and certain concessions will be granted to others. 75 For Marschall, Germany's future in the Ottoman Empire hinged on the construction of the Baghdad Railway by a German company.
34 He hoped that the next wave of German infiltration would not lead the Ottoman Empire to ruin. Pressel continued to be dishonored in death. 35 Even in death, Pressel's opponents continued to attack his reputation in the German press. 36 24 Distant Ties Despite the difficulties that Pressel encountered in his final years, his legacy was an important one. In his travels and writings, Pressel dispelled many of the cultural misconceptions that left many Germans hesitant to involve themselves in the Ottoman Empire.
Although it would take considerable effort, Pressel believed strongly that the Ottomans were able to better themselves. Pressel also noted that the process of regeneration had to be managed through the Ottoman state apparatus. 17 In the late 1870s, Pressel applied additional pressure in both Istanbul and Berlin to proceed with the Baghdad Railway's construction. "18 Believing Bismarck's hesitation stemmed from a general German ignorance of the Ottoman Empire, Pressel launched a one-man crusade to educate the German public on the possibilities the Ottoman Empire held for German enterprise.