The Causes of the Indian Revolt

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Oxford University Press, 2000 - History - 65 pages
Syed Ahmed Khan was one of the leading figures of Muslim India, and the Revolt of 1857 was the defining moment of his life. He wrote this analysis soon after he witnessed the brutal revenge the British took on Delhi once the Revolt was suppressed. His primary aim was to correct the misconception that the uprising was merely a Muslim conspiracy. Instead, he argued, the Revolt was a widespread response to the failure of the British to admit Indians into the Legislative Council, effectively preventing them from having any say in government policies. Before the Revolt he had been a scholar and civil servant; after, he began a political career that helped transform modern India. This book provides both a vivid firsthand account of the events and rich insight into one the central personalities.

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Francis Robinson is at Royal Bedford and Holloway College, University of London.

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