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The Great Rebellion of 1857 in India Exploring transgressions, contests and diversities

  • Published: 10 May 2012
  • DOI: 10.4324/9780203865392
  • Print ISBN: 9780415558433
  • eBook ISBN: 9780203865392

The Great Rebellion of 1857 in India was much more than a ‘sepoy mutiny’. It was a major event in South Asian and British colonial history that significantly challenged imperialism in India.

This fascinating collection explores hitherto ignored diversities of the Great Rebellion such as gender and colonial fiction, courtesans, white ‘marginals’, penal laws and colonial anxieties about the Mughals, even in exile. Also studied are popular struggles involving tribals and outcastes, and the way outcastes in the south of India locate the Rebellion. Interdisciplinary in focus and based on a range of untapped source materials and rare, printed tracts, this book questions conventional wisdom.

The comprehensive introduction traces the different historiographical approaches to the Great Rebellion, including the imperialist, nationalist, marxist and subaltern scholarship. While questioning typical assumptions associated with the Great Rebellion, it argues that the Rebellion neither began nor ended in 1857–58.

Clearly informed by the ‘Subaltern Studies’ scholarship, this book is post-subalternist as it moves far beyond narrow subalternist concerns. It will be of interest to students of Colonial and South Asian History, Social History, Cultural and Political Studies.


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    Front Matter
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    Introduction: The Great Rebellion of 1857 By Biswamoy Pati
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    1857 and the adivasis of Chotanagpur By Shashank S. Sinha
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    Remembering Gonoo: The profile of an adivasi rebel of 1857 By Sanjukta Das Gupta
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    Beyond colonial mapping: Common people, fuzzy boundaries and the Rebellion of 1857 By Biswamoy Pati
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    Forests on fire: The 1857 Rebellion in tribal Andhra By B. Rama Chandra Reddy
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    Contested sites: The prison, penal laws and the 1857 Revolt By Madhurima Sen
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    Courtesans and the 1857 Rebellion: The role of Azeezun in Kanpur By Lata Singh
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    Discourses of ‘gendered loyalty’: Indian women in nineteenth-century ‘mutiny’ fiction By Indrani Sen
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    The ‘disposable’ brethren: European marginals in eastern India during the Great Rebellion By Sarmistha De
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    Sanitizing indigenous memory: 1857 and Mughal exile By Amar Farooqui
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    Ideas, memories and meanings: Adi Dravida interpretations of the impact of the 1857 Rebellion By Raj Sekhar Basu
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    Back Matter