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The Indian Mutiny

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By 1857, the British East India Company was India’s de facto ruler, having won the subcontinent by subterfuge and force of arms. Discontent was rising however, and in the following Spring, entire regiments of Indian troops turned on their British overlords and challenged the global trading powerhouse in open warfare. The brutal struggle that followed would forever break th ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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Jul 26, 2011 Matt rated it really liked it
Spilsbury presents a very thorough retelling of the tragic events of the Indian Mutiny in 1857-58. This is a fact-based account bringing together many eyewitness accounts and, more importantly, the recollections of the participants. Clearly Anglo-centric in its presentation, the history nonetheless presents an even-handed account of the atrocities committed by both sides but thankfully focuses primarily on the heroic acts of regular men and women in a terrifying time. For those interested in the ...more
Gemma Alexander
Feb 26, 2010 Gemma Alexander rated it liked it
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Pretty interesting book. I had heard of the Indian Mutiny, and always thought it was just a couple riots over animal fat soaked rifle cartridges. I never realized England lost control over most of India for almost 3 years. Unfortunately, the author's English bias resulted in alot of the information I would have found most interesting about the whole situation. For example, the cause of the uprising in the first place. Rifle cartridges and the loss of legal advantages in one territory hardly seem ...more
Rajiv Chopra
Jan 26, 2015 Rajiv Chopra rated it liked it
This is a good book, and is a worthy introduction to the Mutiny. It is written with a good pace, and can be an easy read.

What I like in the edition that I read, is the inclusion of a few maps. The chronology can be a bit confusing at times, and if you do not know too much about the Mutiny, this can confuse.

While he does cover the possible origins of the Mutiny, this part would probably need more analysis. The aftermath has been dealt with swiftly and well.

As in most other books on the Mutiny,
Simon Bendle
Spilsbury – a former army officer turned TV script writer – does a good job presenting a complicated story in an interesting and readable way. This is a decent book. If you want to know about the Indian rebellion of 1857, you could do a lot worse. But unfortunately for Spilsbury you could also do a lot better: the outstanding Great Mutiny, by Christopher Hibbert.
John B.
Jul 14, 2016 John B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very clever writer. I used this book in preparation for the battlefield tour in India. Highly recommended account.
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