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 Memoir of Durgadas Bandopadhyay

The memoir of durgadas bandopadhyay

FOLLOWING the uprising, the publishing of memoirs by those involved in ‘the Mutiny’, as it was most often titled, became an enormously popular and profitable industry in Britain. British officials and civilians wrote the vast majority of these, with far fewer documents regarding Indian experiences. One example of the latter is Durgadas Bandopadhyay's memoir, which he began in 1893 and published in Bengali in 1924. He describes the causes and course of the uprising and his role in the ‘great event’. Most memoirs concentrate on two ‘epic’ centres, Delhi and Lucknow. Durgadas' account shifts the geographical focus to northern Rohilkhand and provides detailed portrayals of the rebel leaders and their activities, a feature missing ...

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