KEARNEY – University of Nebraska at Kearney history professors Pradeep Barua and James Rohrer will discuss their latest books during upcoming events at Kearney Public Library, 2020 First Ave.
Barua will present a public lecture 7 p.m. April 13 and celebrate the recent publication of his book, “The Late Colonial Indian Army: From the Afghan Wars to the Second World War.”
The UNK faculty member examines the Indian Army during the later colonial era from the First Afghan War in 1839 to Indian independence in 1947. During this period, the Indian Army developed from an internal policing force to a frontier army, and then to a conventional Western-style fighting force capable of deployment to overseas theaters. These transitions resulted in significant structural, tactical and doctrinal changes in the army that would have a dramatic impact on the post-colonial armies of India and Pakistan.
Rohrer will present a public lecture 7 p.m. April 20 and celebrate the launch of his book, “Young Mackay: The Roots of His Ministry in Taiwan,” a biography of the Canadian-born Presbyterian missionary George Lesley Mackay.
Mackay is a foundational figure in late 19th century Taiwanese history, celebrated on postage stamps, national operas and symphonic performances. Rohrer’s book release coincides with the sesquicentennial observances of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan.
Both events are free to attend.