The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from 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.

French Reactions to the Uprising

French reactions to the uprising

THE events in India were further problematised for the British Government by concerns regarding the reactions of potentially hostile powers, for example, Napoleon III in France and the rulers of Russia and Persia. Napoleon III was known to make use of journalists to propound opinions that were likely to rouse patriotic sentiments against foreign powers while being careful to make no aggressive public statements himself. The British, therefore, looked carefully at the outpourings of the French press, as the following extracts reveal, and acted upon intelligence reports that suggested that hostile forces were being assembled from France to aid the rebels in India.

Anonymous, Des Sentiments de Justice et d'Humanité de l'Angleterre Dans La Question Indienne, ...

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