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 5: British Press Reports on the Centenary of the Uprising
British Press Reports on the Centenary of the Uprising
IN the United Kingdom, the principal newspapers commissioned scholarly articles on the uprising—Percival Spear for The Manchester Guardian, H.C. Philips, Professor of History at London University, in The Times—as well as publishing editorials. A selection of these reports is given below. By this stage, the British were in decolonisation mode, having recently left India, but with many British nationals still resident in the subcontinent. Therefore, the centenary was also marked by concerns over how the event was being reported in India, and the implications for relations with Britain and with resident British nationals.
‘The Mutiny’, The News Chronicle, 10 May 1957
When the Sepoys at Meerut broke open the ...