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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.

‘Dealing with the Rebels’ in the Manchester Guardian
‘Dealing with the rebels’ in the manchester guardian

BY 1858, the question of the scale and punishment to be meted out to rebels, and in particular to mutineer sepoys, was beginning to exercise the minds of political commentators. In this article, The Manchester Guardian maintains its sense of outrage against the atrocities at Kanpur but seeks to inject a note of calm and caution into discussions of punishment. It subtly introduces a distinction between the views of those British on the spot in India and the public in Britain itself. In the paragraph preceding this extract, reference is made to a charge of indiscriminate barbarity levelled against the British two days earlier on the evening of 18 ...

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