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Brown Warriors of the Raj

Kaushik Roy (Author)
Synopsis The Sepoy Army was one of the pivots of Britain's overseas empire. After 1857, this army policed the subcontinent as well as Britain's extra-Indian overseas possessions. The importance of the Sepoy Army for the Raj could be gleaned from the fact that it consumed about 30 per cent of the government's revenue. For the colonized also, the colonial army was one of the largest government employers in India. Nevertheless, it remains an underdog both in Indian and the British-Imperial historiography. This volume focuses on recruitment and the mechanics of command. It attempts to answer pertinent questions like: who were recruited and why, how the recruits were conditioned into soldiers, etc. Recruitment was the product of two opposing ideologies: the martial race ideology and the Anti-Martial race ideology. The sepoy Army was the largest volunteer army in the world. The Indian joined the army and remained loyal to it mostly because of a host of tangible and intangible incentives offered to the soldiers and institutionalization of the coercive apparatus by the British command. The study begins at 1859 and ends at 1913. This is because after the 1857 Uprising, the Bengal Army experienced a sea change in its organizations and social architecture. And again, 1914 constituted a break since the army went through a five-fold expansion. The Author attempts a cross-cultural comparative analysis with other armies in order to flesh out the specificity of the Sepoy Army. This much awaited study is invaluable for scholars of military and modern Indian history.
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About the author

Kaushik Roy

Kaushik Roy, who specializes in the military history of India, is a Junior Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Studies. Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. His articles have been published in journals like War in History, and Journal of Military History. He is the author of From Hydaspes to Kargil: A History of Warfare in India.

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Title Brown Warriors of the Raj
Author Kaushik Roy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 06.02.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173047541
length 350p., Tables; Maps; Notes; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.
Subjects History