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The Indian Mutiny by Julian Spilsbury

The Indian Mutiny (edition 2008)

by Julian Spilsbury (Author)

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Title:The Indian Mutiny
Authors:Julian Spilsbury (Author)
Info:Phoenix (2008), 400 pages
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The Indian Mutiny by Julian Spilsbury



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This is a good book, and is a worthy introduction to the Mutiny. It is written with a good pace, and can be an easy read.

What I like in the edition that I read, is the inclusion of a few maps. The chronology can be a bit confusing at times, and if you do not know too much about the Mutiny, this can confuse.

While he does cover the possible origins of the Mutiny, this part would probably need more analysis. The aftermath has been dealt with swiftly and well.

As in most other books on the Mutiny, most of the quotations in the book are those of the British, and this tends to portray the British in a sympathetic light. While atrocities were done to them, the tone of the quotes tends to show the Indians in an unflattering light, and this is one-sided.

All in all, a good introduction to the Mutiny. ( )
  RajivC | Jan 27, 2015 |
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By 1857, the British East India Company was India’s de facto ruler, having won the subcontinent by subterfuge and force of arms. Discontent was rising however, and in the following spring, entire regiments of Indian troops turned on their British overlords and challenged the global trading powerhouse in open warfare. The brutal struggle that followed would forever break the Company’s hold on India, and send shock waves reverberating across the British Empire. This sweeping, true-life drama combines powerful eyewitness accounts and painstaking historical investigation to present an intimate portrait of the British troops and the Sikhs, Gurkhas, and Afghans who fought alongside them, often against terrible odds. This is living history that reads like the finest action-adventure story!

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"Published to mark the 150th anniversary of the Indian Mutiny, this is an epic story that recreates the shocking events of the summer of 1857, when thousands of formerly obedient and disciplined Indian soldiers turned on their officers, slaughtering men, women and children in a merciless bloodbath. The tiny garrison at Lucknow held out against all odds; the one at Cawnpore surrendered, only to be massacred." "Modern Indian accounts call this 'the first war of national liberation', but as Julian Spilsbury reveals, 80 per cent of so-called 'British' forces were from the sub-continent: Sikhs, Gurkhas and Afghans fought alongside small numbers of British soldiers." "Julian Spilsbury weaves the story together from vivid eyewitness accounts. Contemporary letters and reports describe the mutterings of discontent that escalated into the roar of mutiny; the shock of disbelief felt by officers, utterly confident of the reliability of their regiments, learning too late that their own men had become the enemy; and the terror of being under siege with little hope of rescue. Alongside tales of burning and bloodshed we also hear of remarkable acts of courage: of servants and soldiers who risked their lives to protect the families they served; of individual men and women confronted with cataclysmic changes of circumstance; of rescue missions setting out to save isolated groups in jeopardy. The ferocity of the bombardments, the street fighting with sword and sabre, and the terrible revenge exacted by the British forces, make this an exceptionally moving, exciting and brutal story."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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