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1 Shaswati Mazumdar (ed.)
Insurgent Sepoys: Europe views the Revolt of 1857
Routledge; London, UK; 2011; 0415597994 / 9780415597999; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
The Revolt of 1857 in India has been seen primarily as an event that had repercussions in Britain and the Indian subcontinent. Little attention has been paid to its impact in other parts of the world. This path-breaking volume offers an insight into how the Revolt was viewed in non-English speaking Europe, where it was followed with keen interest. While liberals and conservatives defended or criticised British policies, emerging nationalist movements felt compelled to position themselves vis-¯-vis this tumultuous event in distant Asia. Arguing about whether it was a mere 'mutiny' or a nationalist 'revolt', whether it was justified or an execrable outburst of a barbaric people, they all saw the Revolt as a threat to Britain's future and dominance not only in India but also in Europe. The Revolt continued to engage the interest of European readers long after its suppression, appearing in various kinds of writings. This volume introduces this significant and till now neglected strand of Europe's encounter with India, including the extensive coverage of the Revolt in newspapers and journals in several European languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Czech and Bulgarian), as well as its numerous fictional representations. About the Author Shaswati Mazumdar is Professor of German Studies at the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Delhi. Table of Contents 1. Introduction Part I: News and Views 2. German Responses: Theodor Fontane, Edgar Bauer, Wilhelm Liebknecht 3. French Counter-narratives: Nationalisme, Patriotisme and R¯volution 4. Freedom and Democracy: The Revolt in the Italian Press 5. A View of the Revolt in the Spanish Press 6. Hungarian Responses: Between Support and Disagreement 7. Czech Representations of India and the Rebellion, 1850?1930 8. Bu?lgarska Dnevnitsa: A Bulgarian Response to the Uprising Part II: Fact and Fiction 9. Retcliffe's Nena Sahib and the German Discourse on India 10. The Rebellion of an Indian Temple Dancer 11. The Stirring Story of the 'Cipays': Italian Narrative Responses 12. 'Remember Cawnepore': The 'Massacre' in the Voice of Three Italian Narrators Sharmistha Lahiri 13. Emilio Salgari's The Two Tigers: Exoticism, Anti-imperialism and Ambivalence 14. Lost in Translation: Jules Verne and the Indian Rebellion 15. 'A Great Insurrection': Jules Verne and British 'Mutiny' Fiction 16. The Rebellion in a 19th-century Indo-Portuguese Novel 17. Francisco Luiz Gomes's Os Brahamanes: The Uprising and Anglo-Indian Society 18. El drag¯n del fuego: A Dramatic Representation of the Revolt Printed Pages: 320. 037411

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