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.
Chapter 11: Samuel Smiles Discusses the Indian Mutiny
Samuel Smiles Discusses the Indian Mutiny
SAMUEL Smiles (1812–1904) was a Scottish author and reformer. He is best known as the writer of books extolling the virtues of self-help, and biographies lauding the achievements of ‘heroic’ engineers. His works are believed to have influenced the New Thought Movement in late nineteenth century America and England, and have come to exemplify what we understand as ‘Victorian values’ today. The iconic Self Help has a section on sepoys and the ‘mutiny’, and it provides us with an insight into the impact of the uprising on the Victorian mind.
Samuel Smiles, Extract from Self Help, 1859
The recent terrible struggle in India has served to bring out, perhaps more prominently than any previous event ...