1857 War of Independence or Clash of Civilizations?


1857 War of Independence or Clash of Civilizations?



This study has significant historical value. It offers an in-depth perspective into the British psyche at the height of Victorian England by delving into the serious debates which ensued in the wake of the revolt in India. The result is analytical reflections on British imperial, evangelical, economic, political, military, and moral thinking. The book destroys a number of myths which had been carefully nurtured in Britain about the popular acceptance of British rule in India. Furthermore, it opens a new vista in the study of the Indian 'mutiny'. To date it has been viewed as everything except a Muslim rebellion, while the reports from the field indicated that this was its true nature, first and last. The book also opens a new chapter on the degree to which Christian evangelism had taken hold of the British imperial effort in India, and how it used the government machinery to expand and advance missionary work in the South Asian colony. It also reveals the degree to which Christians had become intolerant of other faiths. Book jacket.



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Karachi : Oxford University Press, 2008.

xxvii, 288 p., [14] p. of plates : ll., maps ; 24 cm.






Located in Drake Library at: DS478 .M258 2008

CONTENTS: Background of British reaction to the Crisis of 1857 -- Causes of the military mutiny -- Causes of the revolution -- The conspiracy theory : a recurring theme -- Muslim conspiracy -- Muslim rebellion -- Worldwide jihad or a clash of civilizations?

Salahuddin Malik is Professor of History at The College at Brockport, SUNY.

1857 War of Independence or Clash of Civilizations?