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 1: The Opinion of Marx and Engels
The Opinion of Marx and Engels
THE New York Daily Tribune was the most widely circulated newspaper in the United States at the time this extract was published. Their commissioning of this piece from Marx is evidence of the tremendous international interest in the uprising in India. Marx himself was fully aware of its global significance and pointed out the intimate connection between the conflict in India and the wars in Persia and China, which he regarded as part of a developing world crisis. Since his first series of articles on British rule in India, published in 1853, Marx was considered an expert on India, and he and Engels continued to write on the revolt until its suppression ...