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The Great Rebellion of 1857

By Globus Press

Education History

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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. In May 1857 soldiers of the Bengal army shot their British officers, and marched on Delhi. Their mutiny encouraged rebellion by considerable numbers of Indian civilians in a broad belt of northern and central India - roughly from Delhi in the west to Benares in the east. For some months the British presence in this area was reduced to beleaguered garrisons, until forces were able to launch offensives that had restored imperial authority by 1858. In India and Pakistan it has been termed as the “War of Independence of 1857” or “First War of Indian Independence” but it is not uncommon to use terms such as the “Revolt of 1857”. The classification of the Rebellion being “First War of Independence” is not without its critics in India. The use of the term “Indian Mutiny” is considered by some Indian politicians as belittling the importance of what happened and therefore reflecting an imperialistic attitude. Others dispute this interpretation. In the UK and parts of the Commonwealth it is commonly called the “Indian Mutiny”, but terms such as “Great Indian Mutiny”, the “Sepoy Mutiny”, the “Sepoy Rebellion”, the “Sepoy War”, the “Great Mutiny”, the “Rebellion of 1857”, “the Uprising”, the “Mahomedan Rebellion”, and the “Revolt of 1857” have also been used. The objective of this book is to provide guidelines for students to understand the topic.

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