Thomas George Percival Spear English historian who spent much of his life living and teaching in India. An accomplished historian of modern Indian social history, he taught at both Cambridge University and St. Stephen's College with great distinction.(1901–1982) was an
Personal life and education
Born in Bath in 1901, Percival Spear attended Monkton Combe School and later St Catharine's College, Cambridge, where he studied History. He spent some of his time there rowing in the Cambridge rowing team. He later taught European and English history in India for 16 years.
In 1943 he became deputy secretary to the government of India in the department of information and broadcasting. He also served for a time in 1944 as government whip in the Federal Assembly, the precursor to independent India's Parliament. He was awarded the OBE in 1946.
In his book Master of Bengal: Clive and his India, Percival Spear wrote, "The dominion of Bengal was not desired in itself, but only as a safeguard for peaceful commercial operations ... Rule by legal fiction and by deputy was both safer and cheaper in the conditions of the time."
- A History of India Volume 2, 1956, ISBN 0140207708
- The Nabobs, 1932
- India, Pakistan and the West
- The Twilight of the Mughals
- India, a Modern History
- Kenneth Ballhatchet, ‘Spear, (Thomas George) Percival (1901–1982)’, rev., Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, accessed 9 Sept 2008
- Percival Spear, Master of Bengal : Clive and his India (London, Thames and Hudson, 1975, p 145)
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