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Mutiny at the Margins: New Perspectives on the Indian Uprising of 1857

Mutiny at the Margins: New Perspectives on the Indian Uprising of 1857
Volume I: Anticipations and Experiences in the Locality

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Crispin Bates - Professor, Modern and Contemporary South Asian History, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh

Series Editor: Crispin Bates

Volume: 1

April 2013 | 274 pages | SAGE India
The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the Revolt of 1857 from a variety of original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.

Anticipations and Experiences in the Locality (Volume 1) centres on unrest and disorder in the long history of resistance to colonial rule (the belli Britannica) prior to 1857, and the impact of the revolt itself in diverse localities within India.



Crispin Bates
Bandits, Bureaucrats and Bahadur Shah Zafar: Articulating Sovereignty and Seeing the Modern State Effect in the Margins of Colonial India, c. 1757-1858

Tom Lloyd
Rumours of the Company`s Collapse: The Mood of Dasahra 1824 in the Punjab and Hindustan

Dirk H A Kolff
The Hazards of Interference': British fears of Rebellion and Sati as a Potential Site of Conflict, 1829-1857

Andrea Major
Prostituting the Mutiny: Sex-Slavery and Crime in the Making of 1857

William R Pinch
The Roots of Peasant Turbulence: Tenure Structures and 1857

Amaresh Misra
The Police in Delhi in 1857

Mahmood Farooqui
Reflections of 1857 in Contemporary Urdu Literature

Rakshanda Jalil
Contextualising Truth: Deconstructing the Poet Khazan Singh's Account of the War of Delhi, 1857

Chhanda Chatterjee
Situating the Role of Religion in the Rebellion: The Case of the Prayagwals in the Allahabad Uprising

Kama Maclean
The Mutiny in Western India: The 'Marginal' as Regional Dynamic

Veena Naregal
What Constitutes a Margin or Margins? The Politics of Perception and the Representation of Power: The Insurrection of 1857 in Kolhan

Gautam Bhadra
The War of Independence 1857, and Swat

Spatial Memorialising of War in 1857: Memories, Traces and Silences in Ethnography

Carol E Henderson


In the seven volumes of this series, the writings systematically investigate various aspects of the [1857] uprising. Along with the traditional sources, the writers have also taken into account all that had remained undiscovered or ignored so far…. Indeed, this series is “most comprehensive collection to date of historical writings on the Indian Uprising of 1857.” Since it also reinterprets and re-imagines the various events, it becomes invaluable to historians and research scholars as well as all those interested in understanding the events leading to the 1857.

The Financial World

"[The] four volumes--with three more to come--mark a welcome rediscovery of 1857 by professional historians drawn together from across the globe...This series will be a valuable resource and starting point for further work on 1857, and essential for serious students of antecedents, course, and consequences of the mutiny....Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above."

R.A. Callahan
Emeritus, University of Delaware

[The book] investigates some very interesting aspects of the events of mutiny...these volumes represent a comprehensive effort to go beyond the strong narratives on the mutiny and examine micro details. The first volume tell of the events that happened before the mutiny...volume two focuses on the diverse British responses, in India and in England, to the mutiny...volume three examines the mutiny and the responses it elicited across the world.
The Tribune

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ISBN: 9788132109709