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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.

Events in Delhi: The Arrival of Rebels and Life Under Siege
Events in delhi: The arrival of rebels and life under siege

THE extracts below include documents from the first extensive translation into English of the Mutiny Papers held in the National Archives in New Delhi, undertaken by Mahmood Farooqui. These documents, originally written in Persian and Shikastah Urdu, provide a fascinating insight into the life of the Delhi court and the inhabitants of the city during the siege of Delhi (or Shahjahanabad as the old city was formerly known after its founder, Shah Jahan, in the seventeenth century). The first extract is a part of a detailed eyewitness account of the arrival of the rebels in Delhi, provided in a newsletter by a senior official ...

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