A vivid account of an insurrection that shook the British Empire. The photo-plate sections add to the text with some very interesting images, many in full colour. – Highly Recommended.
NAME: The Devil's Trap, The Victims Of The Cawnpore Massacre During The Indian Mutiny FILE: R3098 AUTHOR: James W Bancroft PUBLISHER: frontline books, Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: India, The Raj, The Honourable East India Company, British Empire, Imperial expansion, Anglo-French Wars, Indian royalty, religious discord, European administrators, Colonial Service
PAGES: 181 IMAGE: B3098.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/wztc4lq DESCRIPTION: A vivid account of an insurrection that shook the British Empire. The photo-plate sections add to the text with some very interesting images, many in full colour. – Highly Recommended. India, before the arrival of Europeans, was a collection of States and strongly conflicting religions. Britain became involved, as in so many areas of what became the British Empire, through its merchant adventurers, rather than by priests seeking to convert or nations seeking to dominate and rule. To understand the nature and success of British expansion it is necessary to understand how the greatest empire in history was able to grow with so few British, particularly British military personnel. The East India Company received the grant of a trade monopoly. It had to build its own warships to escort its rich convoys between Britain and India, and it had to form, train and equip its own army, but in the main it relied very heavily of the many native factions and their troops. By diplomacy, negotiation and inducement, the East India Company built a network of alliances that required very few British soldiers. It became enormously rich and expanded East from India into the Dutch East Indies and China, using Indian opium to pay for goods from China. In was, like any commercial giant, less than moral in its dealings, seeking trade volume and profit above all. Many Britons, especially Scots went to India and made their fortune, building a life of comfort far beyond anything they might have achieved at home. Some of them adopted local religions and many married local women, build substantial homes, staffed by Indian servants. Had it not been for the Anglo-French Wars, and the attempts by France to build its own empire at British experience, followed by a later appreciation in Britain of the excesses of the East India Company, regular British troops might never have been sent out. By the time of the Indian Mutiny, the stationing of British troops had changed the face of British involvement in India. As a result, colonial administrators were being sent to maintain a form of law built on British judicial structures. Key locations were garrisoned by British troops and Christian missionaries were going to India to convert Indians to their respective Christian sects. That inevitably built conflicts of interest, although the military force in India was still largely made up of Indian troops. When the Indian Mutiny began, it shook the British Empire. Its scale and ferocity had never been seen elsewhere. The story of the Cawnpore Massacre gives insights into the conflict that broke out across India and which was in due course put down by the British severely. This book demonstrates the careful research for which the author is deservedly renowned. He has produced an insightful consideration of the rebellion and told the story graphically.