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.

The Proclamation of the Queen

The proclamation of the queen

TO resolve the obviously serious defects in the existing system of the Government of India, the Government of India Act was passed by the British Parliament on 2 August 1858. It called for the liquidation of the East India Company and the transference of all its functions to the British crown. A proclamation by Queen Victoria was then circulated on 1 November, outlining these changes and attempting to reassure the Indian public and princes of the security of their rights and possessions. It stated that the amnesty already offered by the Governor General Lord Canning to the taluqdars and citizens of Awadh would be extended to all those involved in the uprising across India, except ...

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