In 1857, Indian soldiers in the British colonial army mutinied in cities across north India—instigating a popular rebellion against British rule and exploitation. The rebels were defeated by a ruthless counter-insurgency, but myths about imperialism’s ‘civilizing mission’ and its invincibility were shattered for good. Listen to learn about this key anti-colonial uprising from a perspective that challenges both imperialist and nationalist histories of 1857.
The 1857 Revolt:
How Indian Soldiers and Peasants Shook the British Empire