Awadh in Revolt, 1857-1858: A Study of Popular Resistance

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Anthem Press, 2002 - History - 219 pages
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'...through careful research and focus on the joint actions of the peasants and talukdars, Mukherjee has made a valuable contribution to our understanding of the events of 1857 in Awadh'. Michael H Fisher, Journal of Asian Studies. 'An excellent and scholarly work, likely to be long regarded as the definitive statement on the subject'. PJO Taylor, ed., A Companion to the Indian Mutiny of 1857. The revolt of 1857 continues to arouse interest and debate. This book, first published in 1984 and now in paperback for the first time with a new introduction, remains one of the best studies of popular resistance and peasant rebellion. In his new introduction, which provides an update on the historiography of peasant revolt, the author also charts some of these changes and their relevance to a deeper understanding of the uprising of 1857.
 

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Contents

AGRARIAN RELATIONS IN PREANNEXATION
1
Talukdars and Peasants
12
ANNEXATION AND THE SUMMARY
32
THE REVOLT OF THE ARMY
64
The Fate of the Bengal Army
76
THE REVOLT OF THE PEOPLE
82
First Relief to the Sack
88
Episodes in Retreat
107
ORGANIZATION AND IDEOLOGY
135
A War of Religion?
147
A War of Restoration?
154
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About the author (2002)

Rudrangshu Mukherjee was educated at Presidency College, Calcutta; Jawarharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; and St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He has taught at Calcutta University and held visiting appointments at Princeton University, Manchester University and the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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