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 4: Hilton's Centenary History
Hilton's Centenary History
MAJOR General Richard Hilton's work was dedicated ‘To British, Indian and Pakistani Friendship’, and aspired to be both detached and fair. Hilton contended that few new facts had emerged to contest the work of Kaye and Malleson, stressing that they ‘still stand, and will always stand, as the unchallengeable authorities on Mutiny affairs’. His own work, therefore, he intended to be a pedagogical summary of their more voluminous studies. However, he also sought to demonstrate that the uprising was neither ‘popular’ nor ‘patriotic’, arguing that the ‘loyal native rulers’ had been betrayed by the British. He closed with a stirring judgment on Britain's proud record in ‘managing’ India, echoing Landon's earlier account upon the anniversary of 1907.
Major General Hilton, ...