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Narrative of the Indian Revolt: From its Outbreak to the Capture of Lucknow by Sir Colin Campbell

S P Verma (Author)
Synopsis This remarkable volume gives a graphic descriptions of the Revolt of 1857 in India and narrates in full its progress and suppression.  The author's breathtaking illustrated account of the sepoys' uprising strictly based on official letters and dispatches, eye-witnesses, and memoirs reported in chronological order cannot be ignored.  Of course, this rich material makes the volume indispensable work of historical importance.  The book published first in 1858, is now a collector's item.  The author examines the premeditation for the outbreak of the revolt and devotes a full chapter to consider the causes of the revolt.  (These are largely admitted by the distinguished historians).  He probes deeply into the crucial events and projects the view that there was no definite and co-ordinated plan of the Indian rulers and they merely shared their deeply-felt grievances.  The volume further reveals the motives that animated them to rise against the British Raj.  It implicates Bahadur Shah Zafar, Nana Saheb, and Rani Lakshmi Bai for the massacre of the Europeans at Delhi, Kanpur, and Jhansi.  The British atrocities, i.e., blowing away of sepoys, indiscriminate hanging, and burning of villages are uniformly highlighted.  It also puts on record the Indian rulers who betrayed the country.  Conspicuously, the author finds a deep solidarity among the sepoys who made the revolt widespread.  The book is peerless for its illustrations which represent almost each theatre of the rebellion.  These are truly historical and free from an artist's whimsical and fanciful ideas.  These are not merely entertaining but are of unique documentary value.  An introduction to the volume, written by Professor S.P. Verma critically examines historicity of the text and illustrations.
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About the author

S P Verma

Professor S.P. Verma (b.1942) taught at the Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University. He has published extensively on Indian miniatures and British paintings narrating the events of the Revolt of 1857 including Art and Material Culture in the Paintings of Akbar's Court (1978); Mughal Painters and Their Work, A Biographical Survey and Comprehensive Catalogue (1994); Mughal Painter of Flora and Fauna: Ustad Mansur (1999); Painting the Mughal Experience (2005); Eighteen Fifty Seven: Revolt and Contemporary Visuals (2007); and Crossing Cultural Frontiers: Biblical Themes in Mughal Painting (2011) and as editor Flora and Fauna in Mughal Art (1999), and 1857: An Illustrated History (2008). In 1986-87, Dr. Verma worked at the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. as a Fulbright Fellow, and in 2005-06 at the Aligarh Muslim University as a Senior Fellow in History (ICHR). Dr. Verma, a practicing artist as well, is the recipient of two prestigious awards by the Indian Academy of Fine Arts, Amritsar (1981), and the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata (1982). Currently, Dr. Verma is an Emeritus Fellow in History (UGC) at Aligarh Muslim University.

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Title Narrative of the Indian Revolt: From its Outbreak to the Capture of Lucknow by Sir Colin Campbell
Author S P Verma
Format Hardcover
Date published: 03.09.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173053316