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 6: A German View from London
A German View from London
THEODOR Fontane (1819–1898) was the doyen of the bourgeois novel in the late nineteenth century German literature. Towards the middle of his life, he was sent to England as an unofficial, cultural ambassador for the Prussian State, with a brief to improve the country's image at the time of the Crimean War. Fontane stayed several years in England and maintained close relationships with many opinion-makers, including the German-born Indologist Max Mueller. He regularly wrote articles about Britain for the German Press, including numerous comments about the Great Uprising of 1857 and its impact on the domestic political scene in Britain itself. The following article suggests a fascinating multi-national dimension to British colonialism—it cites a German, ...