The Indian Mutiny : 1857, Paperback Book
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In The Indian Mutiny: 1857 Saul David explores one of Britain's most harrowing colonial battles. In 1857 the native troops of the Bengal army rose against their colonial masters.

The ensuing insurrection was to become the bloodiest in the history of the British Empire.Combining formidable storytelling with ground-breaking research, Saul David narrates a tale at once heart-rendingly tragic and extraordinarily compelling.

David provides new and convincing evidence that the true causes of the mutiny were much more complex, and disturbing, than previously assumed. 'A fine achievement by a huge new talent' William Dalrymple, Sunday Times Saul David is Professor of War Studies at the University of Buckingham and the author of several critically acclaimed history books, including The Indian Mutiny: 1857 (shortlisted for the Westminster Medal for Military Literature), Zulu: The Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War of 1879 (a Waterstone's Military History Book of the Year) and, most recently, Victoria's Wars: The Rise of Empire.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544 pages, maps, 16halftones, glossary, bibliog , notes, index
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Asian history
  • ISBN: 9780141005546

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A solid account of the wars of 1858-9 in India which synthesizes conventional accounts of the war without breaking any new ground. It places a particular emphasis on the institutional failures of the army and the growing alienation of many of its native troops.

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A very good, if "Anglo", retelling of The Indian Mutiny. Previously, I had a vague idea that there was a mutiny in 1857 and that the Black Hole of Calcutta was somehow involved but the author has filled me in nicely.As mentioned, this is very much a retelling of the English side of the story and we get much more details of the English soldiers and settlers than of the Indian mutineers (or indeed of the Indian soldiers that remained loyal to the British. In particular, I once watched an Indian movie on a man named Mangal Pandey, who was renowned as the spark of the Indian Mutiny. Yet, in this book, the author gives Pandey one dismissive sentence.

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