The Indian Mutiny: 1857

Author(s): Saul David

World History

The bloody insurrection of 1857 that became known as the Indian Mutiny remains a dark stain on Britain's Imperial past. The British complacency that fuelled the rebellion; the ease with which it is spread; the horrific massacres of innocents and the merciless retribution that followed; and the bravery of those who fought together made this a conflict that marked both countries. Now Saul David casts fresh light on this extraordinary episode, challenging many of the long-standing assumptions about both its causes and the inevitability of British victory.


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Saul David was born near Monmouth in 1966 and educated at Ampleforth and Edinburgh University. His previous books, include Mutiny at Salerno: An Injustice Exposed (made into a BBC Timewatch documentary), The Homicidal Earl: The Life of Lord Cardigan, and Prince of Pleasure: The Prince of Wales and the making of the Regency. He lives in Somerset with his wife and two children.

Prologue - "The Electric Telegraph" has saved us; the East India Company; "Carlo" Canning; professional grievances; "Go to hell - don't bother me!"; the conspiracy; the greased cartridges; Mungul Pandy; the storm bursts; Delhi; "The worst of the storm is past"; the mutiny spreads; Oudh; Cawnpore; Satichaura Ghat; the backlash; enter Sir Colin Campbell; the fall of Delhi; the relief of Lucknow; the reconquest of Oudh; the Rani of Jhansi; "War is at an end". Appendices - was 31 May 1857 the date fixed for a general mutiny of the Bengal Army?; the civilian conspiracy and rebel chiefs; the motive for mutiny; the post-mutiny reform of the Indian Army.

General Fields

  • : 9780141005546
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : September 2003
  • : 201mm X 129mm X 37mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 954.0317
  • : MAR04
  • : Paperback
  • : Saul David
  • : maps, 16halftones, glossary, bibliog , notes, index
  • : 528