British Empire Books

The Peasant Armed

The Indian Rebellion of 1857

Contributed by John Baxter

EditorStokes, Eric
ISBN No.0198215703

This is more concerned with the causes and effects on the Mutiny amongst the various classes, castes and regions. Much of it is at an overly academic level. However it does has two reasons to check it out. The first chapter discusses British strategy and tactics, the second the factors shaping the Sepoy's tactics. If you are interested in the Mutiny, read these two chapters. The chapter on the Sepoys is one of the few recent works that discusses logically why the Sepoys were unable to take advantage of their opportunities, especially at Delhi. The first two chapters must count as necessary reading for anyone looking to understand the military aspects of the Mutiny better.

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