HIS 004C - British. • Many rebel Sepoy regiments...

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Darren Pinder HIS 008 Discussion Nationalist View of 1857 Mutiny That year represented a turning point in which the nationalist feelings, long suppressed by the British occupation, flared into violence. For half a century after 1857 the writing on the uprising were basically confined to British observers and scholars. However, the mutiny was not a huge deal for several reasons A united India did not exist at that time in political, cultural, or ethnic terms The rebellion was put down with the help of other Indian soldiers drawn from the Madras Army, the Bombay Army and the Sikh regiments, 80% of the East India Company forces were Indian. Many of the local rulers fought amongst themselves rather than uniting against the
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Unformatted text preview: British. • Many rebel Sepoy regiments disbanded and went home rather than fight. • Not all of the rebels accepted the return of the Moghuls. • The King of Delhi had no real control over the mutineers. • The revolt was largely limited to north and central India. Whilst risings occurred elsewhere they had little impact due to their limited nature. • A number of revolts occurred in areas not under British rule, and against native rulers, often as a result of local internal politics. • The revolt was fractured along religious, ethnic and regional lines...
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2011 for the course HIS 004C taught by Professor Margadant during the Winter '08 term at UC Davis.

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