1857 : A Great Rebellion

Mahesh Vikram Singh and Brij Bhusan Shrivastava, Centrum Press, 2011, viii, 296 p, ISBN : 9380836850, $55.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

1857 : A Great RebellionContents: Preface. 1. The rebellion of 1857. 2. The causes of the rebellion. 3. Results of the revolt. 4. Battles of 1857. Bibliography. Index.

The English Company had been ruling more and more of India for a century since Clive’s conquest of Calcutta in 1757. The British may have had economic success but the people of India were suffering from ruined industries oppressive land tax and lack of education for most of the people. The law courts were not impartial; and prisons were wretched. The large Indian population had become passive and had little influence on administration. English officials were not very accessible to people who could not present their grievances as they had before. British administration was less personal slower delayed and frequently changing. Most Indians did not understand English law and Muslims particularly disliked the use of English instead of Persian in the courts. Worst of all Indians were systematically excluded from higher offices in government and the military. Even well educated Indians could not sit on legislative councils or be given covenanted service. Economically British commerce exploited the Indians. High tariffs were erected in Britain against Indian goods while importation of English products into India was encouraged. The importation of British cotton goods ruined millions of Indians involved in manufacturing and trade. This wide ranging book offers a succinct and engaging narrative of the history of the Indian subcontinent tracing the development of its society culture and polity.
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