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 1: A British Press Report from 1907
A British Press Report from 1907
EVIDENTLY, in 1907, the focus of the British press and the tone of commemorative publications were still very much reflective of the pride and importance of the victory and analysis of disputes between commanders in the field. Concern with how the event would be viewed in India was also suggested in the press coverage of the fiftieth anniversary, which occurred at a time when Britain still viewed itself as an imperial power.
Extract from a Newspaper Cutting, 1907
On this day 50 years ago the capture of Delhi from the mutinous sepoys, who had made themselves masters of the capital of Hindustan, was completed by the occupation of the Moghul's place…. It was a ...