The Revolt of 1857 - 1858
t all started on the hot Sunday evening of the 10th of May, 1857. This year: 1857, is of special importance to India: was it then that it all started? India's first step towards freedom? It is often debated whether the Revolt was justified: what could have prevented it: why were the Indians crushed? There, though, is a fact that cannot be disputed: that the British got what they deserved, and, the Indians: they shamed Mother India. With the 150th anniversary of this event being celebrated, there is an increased inquiry into this: one of the most bloody and mysterious chapters of India's history.
The titles we have on this subject are:
- A History of the Indian Mutiny; in 3 volumes. Compiled and edited by George W. Forrest: Keeper of the Imperial Record Department (Now the National Archives of India) in the early 20th century. First published between 1904 and 1910.
- The Indian Mutiny 1857-1858: Selection from the Letter Despatches and other State Papers; in 4 volumes. Compiled and edited by George W. Forrest. It includes depositions and court proceedings of the trials after the mutiny was suppressed. First published in 1902.
- The Indian Mutiny of 1857. By G.B. Malleson. First published in 1894.
- Forty One Years in India. By Field Marshall Fredrick Roberts; one time Commander-in-Chief of the army in India, and active participant to the opposition of the Revolt. First published in 1901.
- Reminiscences of the Great Mutiny. By W. Mitchell-Forbes. Another participant to the Revolt. First published in 1910.
- A Lady's Diary of the Siege of Lucknow. By Mrs. James P Harris. A first hand account of the defining episode of the Revolt. First published in 1858.
- Cawnpore (Kanpur). By G. O. Trevelyan. A volatile nest during the Revolt. First published in 1865.
- Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon. By James Kennedy. An English missionary's account of the Revolt. First published in 1884.
- Delhi: Past and Present. By H. C. Fanshawe. A city that bore the brunt of Villainy. First published in 1902.
- The Garden of India or Chapters on Oudh History and Affairs. By H. C. Irwine. Analysis of the core issue, and history of the main province, in the affair of 1857.First published in 1880.
- Journey Through the Kingdom of Oudh - (1849-50) - 2 Vols. By William H. Sleeman First published in 1858.
- Historic Lucknow. By Sidney Hay. A short tour of the various sites associated with the Revolt. First Published in 1293.
- Records of the Intelligence department of the Government of the North West Provinces of India during the Mutiny of 1857 - 2 Vols. By William Muir. First Published in 1902.