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.

William Knight's Journey through India

William knight's journey through india

WILLIAM Knight was a Captain in the British Army. His book recounts the story of a six-month leave of absence spent in the ‘hills’ (Kashmir and the Himalayas), beginning in May 1860 and includes travels through villages containing ‘nests of sepoys’. Unlike most other travel accounts of westerners to mutiny ‘memorial sites’, Knight's book is written in a refreshingly relaxed and humorous tone, unusual for publications written so close to the period of the uprising. He records conversations with local Indians, who discuss their experiences and opinions on the uprising with him; naturally, they all profess to have been ‘loyal’ Indians. The meeting with a Muslim zamindar, Imam Baksh, who has been given a grant ...

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