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.

The Flight from Delhi

The flight from delhi

HARRY Gambier's account, written in the form of letters to English friends and relatives in May and June of 1857, is typical of the experiences of Europeans fleeing from Delhi at this time. Their bewilderment at the change in their status, from pampered sahibs to ragged mortals dependent on food and shelter from Indian villagers, is striking. Their encounters with a wide range of figures, including a fakir in a Brahmin settlement and a ‘German zamindar’ in native dress, provide an insight into the complexity of Indian society at this time. The importance of this moment as a transition period is marked, as India moved from the era of ‘White Mughals’ to that of the British ...

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