Trial until 1 Dec: Foreign Office files on India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1947-1980

I am pleased to announce that Oxford is running a trial of Foreign Office files on India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1947-1980. Access is via SOLO or OxLIP+.

These three collections consist of the British Government’s files on the countries of South Asia from shortly before Indian partition and independence up to 1980.

Nature of the material

  • Reports
  • Diplomatic dispatches
  • Correspondence
  • Newspaper cuttings
  • Maps
  • Photographs
  • Minutes of meetings
  • Political, economic and military analyses
  • Statistical tables

Scope of the collection

This collection covers the years from 1947 to 1980, encompassing files on all the countries of South Asia: principally India and Pakistan, but also Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ceylon/Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and the Maldives.

The collection is split into three, chronologically based parts:

  • Section I: Independence, Partition and the Nehru Era, 1947-64
  • Section II: South Asian Conflicts and Independence for Bangladesh, 1965-71
  • Section III: Afghanistan and the Cold War, Emergency Rule in India, and the Resumption of Civilian Rule in Pakistan, 1972-80


The trial ends on 1 December. Please send feedback to

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