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 2: Histories of the Uprising Published in 1907–1909
Histories of the Uprising Published in 1907–1909
IN 1907, with veterans still alive and memories of Kanpur still vivid in the minds of survivors, it was understandable that the commemorations should be tributes to the military participant eyewitnesses that were still alive. Britain was still very much a self-justifying imperial power in 1907, and in a commemorative history Perceval Landon waxed lyrically about the achievements of the British administration since 1857. Two years later, V.D. Savarkar's famous book The Indian War of Independence 1857 was translated from Marathi into English by the Abhinava Bharat revolutionary society and printed in Holland. It was immediately proscribed by the British government, not without controversy in a land that so prided itself ...