In Defence of Honour and Justice: Sepoy Rebellions in the Nineteenth Century

By: Sabyasachi Dasgupta

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In Defence of Honour and Justice focuses on the 'sepoy' rebellions of the nineteenth century as an entry point into the wider dynamics of the pre-1857 colonial armies. Delving beyond the usual binaries of discipline and indiscipline, which tend to draw a linear teleology between the localized mutinies in the colonial armies and 1857, it seeks to explore the broader issues these mutinies raise about the colonial armies, and issues like the prevalence of certain notions of honor and justice among the 'sepoys', contrasting conceptions of discipline, structures of deference, the construction of colonial stereotypes and their influence on policy decisions, etc. These indices were linked to broader questions of loyalty and the construction of a distinct 'sepoy' identity. The actual modus operandi of the colonial project to produce a loyal 'sepoy' was complex, contradictory, involved regional variations and was continuously mediated by the 'sepoys'. These various mutinies can be read as violent interventions by the sepoys to renegotiate the indices around which the company armies sought to build a 'sepoy' identity. Finally, this volume suggests that the colonial endeavor of ensuring a loyal 'sepoy' could be a bitterly contested one even in the absence of mutinies and could revolve around instances of day to day conflicts. printed Pages: 144.

Title: In Defence of Honour and Justice: Sepoy Rebellions in the Nineteenth Century

Author Name: Sabyasachi Dasgupta

Categories: India, History,

Publisher: New Delhi, Primus Books: 2015

ISBN: 9789384082062

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 701577

Keywords: In Defence of Honour and Justice: Sepoy Rebellions in the Nineteenth Century Sabyasachi Dasgupta