Sophia : princess, suffragette, revolutionary / Anita Anand.

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    • Publication Information:
      First U.S. edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: In 1876 Sophia Duleep Singh was born into Indian royalty. Her father, Maharajah Duleep Singh, was heir to the Kingdom of the Sikhs, one of the greatest empires of the Indian subcontinent, a realm that stretched from the lush Kashmir Valley to the craggy foothills of the Khyber Pass and included the mighty cities of Lahore and Peshawar. It was a territory irresistible to the British, who plundered everything, including the fabled Koh-I-Noor diamond. Exiled to England, the dispossessed Maharajah transformed his estate at Elveden in Suffolk into a Moghul palace, its grounds stocked with leopards, monkeys and exotic birds. Sophia, god-daughter of Queen Victoria, was raised a genteel aristocratic Englishwoman: presented at court, afforded grace and favor lodgings at Hampton Court Palace and photographed wearing the latest fashions for the society pages. But when, in secret defiance of the British government, she travelled to India, she returned a revolutionary. Sophia transcended her heritage to devote herself to battling injustice and inequality, a far cry from the life to which she was born. Her causes were the struggle for Indian Independence, the fate of the lascars, the welfare of Indian soldiers in the First World War--and, above all, the fight for female suffrage. She was bold and fearless, attacking politicians, putting herself in the front line and swapping her silks for a nurse's uniform to tend wounded soldiers evacuated from the battlefields. Meticulously researched and passionately written, this enthralling story of the rise of women and the fall of empire introduces an extraordinary individual and her part in the defining moments of recent British and Indian history.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 398-401) and index.
    • Other Titles:
      Princess, suffragette, revolutionary.
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      ANAND, A. Sophia : princess, suffragette, revolutionary. First U.S. edition. [s. l.]: Bloomsbury, 2015. ISBN 1632860813. Disponível em: Acesso em: 11 ago. 2020.
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      Anand A. Sophia : Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary. First U.S. edition. Bloomsbury; 2015. Accessed August 11, 2020.
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      Anand, A. (2015). Sophia : princess, suffragette, revolutionary (First U.S. edition.). Bloomsbury.
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      Anand, Anita. 2015. Sophia : Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary. First U.S. edition. Bloomsbury.
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      Anand, A. (2015) Sophia : princess, suffragette, revolutionary. First U.S. edition. Bloomsbury. Available at: (Accessed: 11 August 2020).
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      Anand, Anita. Sophia : Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary. First U.S. edition. Bloomsbury, 2015.
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Booklist Reviews 2014 December #2

Anand paints a richly textured portrait of Sophia Duleep Singh, one of Great Britain's seminal—yet largely forgotten—suffragettes. Princess-in-exile, daughter of a maharaja, goddaughter to Queen Victoria, Sophia was raised in opulent luxury on a Suffolk estate outfitted to resemble a Mogul palace. A clandestine trip to India in the early twentieth century proved to be a transformative experience for a woman caught between two opposing cultures. Seeking her own unique niche in the worlds she straddled, she committed herself to the female suffrage movement, joining forces with an array of militant suffragettes, including Emmeline Pankhurst and Elizabeth Garret Anderson. Later, as an advocate for the welfare of Indian soldiers in WWI, she redefined herself as a champion of Indian independence. Anand, a journalist by trade, does an excellent job of detailing the social and historical backdrop while highlighting the daring and revolutionary nature of Sophia's choices and accomplishments. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2014 December #1

BBC radio and television journalist Anand tells the story of Sophia Duleep Singh (1876–1948), born in exile in England but the rightful heiress to a rich and mighty Indian empire—the Kingdom of the Sikhs. Raised as a privileged Englishwoman with Queen Victoria for a godmother, Sophia's life took an unexpected turn when she dared to travel to her ancestral home in India. While there, she found herself moved by the plight of her kinsmen who languished under British rule, and upon her return to England she realized that she could no longer be content with the dog shows and frivolous parties that formerly filled her days. Instead, Sophia embarked on a rebellious journey that would result in her championing the causes of Indian independence, women's rights, and even Indian soldiers fighting for the British crown during World War I. VERDICT Anand writes with a journalist's sense for a solid story and a historian's eye for fascinating anecdotes. Filled with rich detail and walks through little-known avenues of the past, this work is bound to enchant history lovers, those interested in women's studies, Anglophiles, and anyone who enjoys biographies.—Laura Marcus, Odenton, MD

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PW Reviews 2014 November #1

As a ward of the British government born in exile, Indian princess Sophia Duleep Singh embodied a curious mix of East and West—and an equally intriguing combination of patriotism and socially conscious rebelliousness. Journalist and BBC personality Anand writes a sympathetic biography that reads almost like a novel, illustrating how a forbidden trip to India changed the fashion-conscious party devotee into a woman seeking fulfillment in a society that relished her royal status and position as Queen Victoria's goddaughter, but punished her for the color of her skin. While deeply involved in the early 20th-century militant suffrage movement, she also raised funds and helped nurse wounded Indians sent to England to recover during WWI. Anand successfully shows how the inner struggle between her native English culture and her Indian heritage wore on Sophia, resulting in depression and loneliness. Emmeline Pankhurst and a young Winston Churchill make appearances during Sophia's suffrage efforts, but it's Gandhi's evolution that adds depth to Sophia's transformation, humanizing both in the process. One part glittering socialite, one part activist, and entirely unique, Sophia adds a previously unexplored facet to the tumultuous progressive era that remade the Western world. (Jan.)

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