1857 Revisited Myth And Reality

ISBN Number : 978-81-8318-993-4

Library Price : Rs.550

Library Dollar Price : 22$

Book Edition : First

Year of Publication : 2008

No. Of Pages : 293

Book Weight :0

About The Book

The Revolt of 1857 is an event of history that breaks through the confines of region, country, community, age, academic, non-academic, or any other limitation, as far as awareness about it is concerned even after 150 years have elapsed. The book has contributions from eminent scholars, who have come up with original perspective. The articles will capture the interest of a casual reader as well as a historian-the book caters to both. The style is varied, vibrant and anecdotal. Thus, while there are new interpretations of the revolt and its leadership, there are inputs from the perspective of film makers and other media persons. Highly readable, the inimitable style of each contributor is visible throughout.

Book Content of 1857 Revisited Myth And Reality



Sabyasachi Bhattacharya

Part I : Regions and Localities: Centres of Disturbance

  1. The Mutiny Comes to Bombay and Southern Maratha Country
    M. D. DAVID
  2. Rani of Jhansi: Imaging the Warrior Queen

Part II: Review of 1857 through the Written Word

  1. Reviewing 1857: An Appraisal of Tara Chand and R. C. Majumdar
  2. Mirza Ghalib and the 1857 Revolt

Part III: Press and 1857

  1. May/June 1857: Rereading the first Newspaper Reports
  2. Voices of the Vanquished: The Indigenous Discourse in The Rebels World
    S. Z. H. JAFRI
  3. The Urdu Press and The Revolt of 1857: Propoganda,
    Patriotism and Political Consciousness

Part IV: The Socio-Religious Dynamics of 1857

  1. Rethinking Religion and Politics: Ulema Histories and the
    Appropriation of 1857
  2. The Mutiny in Delhi through the Mutiny Papers

Part V: Erasure of Old and Emergence of New Leadership

  1. Fate of the Leaders of the Revo

About The Author

Kirti Narain is presently the Principal of Jai Hind College, Mumbai. A modern historian of Lucknow, where she did her Ph.D. in 1987 on the various aspects of the language press in UP in the late 19th and early 20th century. She has a 30 years teaching experience, having started her career at a post graduate college in Kanpur, where she held the position of Head of Department for 13 years. She later moved to Hong Kong, where she taught courses in Modern Indian History and Gender in Indin at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; at the same time holding the position of a Visiting Professor at the Research Centre for Cross-cultural Studies at the University. She was also Research Fellow at the University of Hong Kong and presented and published papers on comparative studies on primary education, and the girl child in India and China.

She has published 3 books-an edited one of the revolt of 1857, with the General Editor, PJO Taylor; `Press, Politics and Society in Utter Pradesh: 1885-1914`; and `Co-Prosperity in Cross-Culturalism: Indians in Hong Kong`, with kwok Siu Tong, Dean of Arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has published around 40 papers, reviews and articles in national and cross-cultural studies in JFK University in California and University of Kyoto in Japan. She spearheaded the organization of the seminar on the revolt of 1857, held at Jai Hind College, Mumbai, in January 2007, and presented a paper on the fate of the leaders of the revolt, keeping up as the scene of activity. This paper forms a part of the book. She is a member of several committees and organizations, the latest being the Indian Council of Social Science, chaired by Prof. Mungekar, Member Planning Commission; and the Civil Services Study Centre at Wilson College, Mumbai.

Mohini Dias is presently the head of Department of History at Jai Hind College, Mumbai, a position, she has held since 1994. An academic of substance, she has published a couple of text books for Mumbai University courses. Her teaching experience range from European History to all aspects of Indian History, including Archeology and Numismatics. Throughout a student of Mumbai University, she has done her M.Phil on records of the English East India Company at Surat from 1670-75.

She has participated several National and International Seminars and Conferences, one of them being the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women at Rochester N.Y in 1999. She did a teaching assignment at Union College Schenectady, New York, in 1999, where she taught courses on the Indian Freedom Movement, China and Japan. She was the Convener of the seminar held in January 2007 at Jai Hind College, on the Revolt of 1857, on which this book is based. Dias has held several administrative and non-administrative positions both in the college as well as in the University of Mumbai. She is presently the Co-ordinator of the BMM course. She is presently Chairperson of the Board of Studies of History, and Member of the Joint Inter-Disciplinary Ad-Hoc Committee in Master of Arts, and courses in Numismatics and Archeology. At the college, she has headed several associations connected with extracurricular and co-curricular activities and is presently the co-ordinator of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell Under the aegis of INAAC.

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