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.

R. Montgomery Martin's the Indian Empire

R. montgomery martin's the indian empire

ONE of the earliest historical accounts of the uprising was written by R. Montgomery Martin in Volume Two of his three volume work The Indian Empire (c. 1861). It was published by the same London publisher as Charles Ball's History of the Indian Mutiny for which it was advertised as a companion volume. Martin echoes Ball in seeing the ‘mutiny’ as a test of British national character and like Ball, he emphasises his sympathy with Christian evangelising in India. However, he avoids Ball's triumphalism and diverges from much later writing by refusing to see the conflict as a simple struggle between good and evil. Instead, he segues from an apparently conventional opening into ...

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