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Our Bones are Scattered: Cawnpore Massacres and the Indian Mutiny of 1857 By Andrew Ward,

  • Title: Our Bones are Scattered: Cawnpore Massacres and the Indian Mutiny of 1857
  • Author: Andrew Ward
  • ISBN: 9780719564109
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is the first full account of the siege and massacre at Cawnpore In the maelstrom of India s Great Mutiny of 1857, the European garrison at Cawnpore survived starvation and bombardment only to die brutally on the eve of rescue To avenge their deaths and reassert imperial will, thousands of Indians were hanged along the British line of march or tied to guns and blownThis is the first full account of the siege and massacre at Cawnpore In the maelstrom of India s Great Mutiny of 1857, the European garrison at Cawnpore survived starvation and bombardment only to die brutally on the eve of rescue To avenge their deaths and reassert imperial will, thousands of Indians were hanged along the British line of march or tied to guns and blown to pieces Courage, folly, rage, fanaticism, horror, fortitude all can be found here But this is not just a saga of bloodshed following upon bloodshed it is a demonstration of an essential rite of imperial progress The cycle of massacre and retribution at Cawnpore advanced the empire by drowning out its critics in the fire and brimstone of British vengeance.
    Our Bones are Scattered Cawnpore Massacres and the Indian Mutiny of This is the first full account of the siege and massacre at Cawnpore In the maelstrom of India s Great Mutiny of the European garrison at Cawnpore survived starvation and bombardment only to die

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    1. First of all i frankly admit that the perusal of this book throughout three weeks resembles or less a psychological torture on my peaceful mind Indeed, as per author s own words from the preface of this book, the bones of countless hapless Indians,Europeans, Anglo Indians, Eurasians, Hindoos, Muslims or Christians are scattered throughout each and every page of this unique book on the great Indian mutiny of 1857 Since our childhood we have been taught in the history classes of our school to hai [...]

    2. I love history, especially military history I can t help but wonder what I would have done when faced with the same situations as historical figures Of course, I am glad I live now and don t have to actually find out That is especially true in the case of the 1857 Indian Mutiny, Sepoy Rebellion or 1st War of Indian Independence, depending on where you sit I only knew vaguely of the Mutiny, usually as an aside as I read about Afghan history, just a footnote to that story Here in Our Bones Are Sca [...]

    3. I have always found military history fascinating Unfortunately my knowledge of the Great Mutiny has been lacking I found this an excellent look at the beginnings and causes of the Great Mutiny of 1857 Mr Ward makes good use of primary sources, first person accounts and has a nice turn of phrase In this volume he specifically looks at Cawnpore and the resulting massacres of the garrison and the motivations it gave to the Imperial troops Remember Cawnpore became their battle cry, much like Remembe [...]

    4. This is an absolutely wonderful piece of historical writing It has often been said that victors write history This is absolutely true of the Indian Mutiny For years the narrative focused on the appalling violence and betrayal of the rebels, without putting it into context, while the British response was downplayed or ignored Andrew Ward s detailed, scrupulously researched and extremely well written history rectifies this I encourage you to read it.Full review on the blog resolutereader

    5. This was a better account of the uprising of 1857 than the previous one that I was reading because it focused on one place However, it also gives mostly the British perspective, which still leaves me asking what the mutineers were thinking and how they saw it.

    6. The history of the Indian Mutiny has always fascinated me It is a classic example of colonial arrogance in the face of racial and religious prejudice This book is the best modern account of the incidents leading up to the dreadful Cawnpore massacre, and subsequent punishment of the subjected peoples of the Indian subcontinent Stupidity and horror that set the stage for the end of the Raj, and the British Empire.

    7. This is probably the definitive book on the massacre at Cawnpore It is truly excellent The only reason for not giving it five stars is that it is long and detailed and probably too much for anyone not already interested in the subject For anyone interested in what happened at Cawnpore, it s essential reading When I was researching my novel, Cawnpore , it was invaluable.

    8. Grim, but illuminating insight into the mess that was the Indian Mutiny Neither side comes out particularly well the casual slaughter on both sides was horrific.

    9. A well researched and well written book about the Indian Mutiny of 1857, specifically on the siege of Cawnpore Written by a local fellow from Bainbridge Island, of all things LOTS of footnotes

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