White Mutiny: British Military Culture in India

White Mutiny: British Military Culture in India

by Peter Stanley


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In the White Mutiny of 1859-61—the largest revolt the British army ever faced—European troops operating on behalf of the East India Company rebelled against their transfer to the service of the Queen of England. Through an analysis of the White Mutiny, Peter Stanley provides a portrait of emerging working-class consciousness among the troops and reveals how the British army, the preeminent icon of English imperialism, first maintained, then lost, control over a vast and generally hostile sub-continent.

In cantonment offices in Meerut and Calcutta, we find unimpaired the class distinctions and aspirations of contemporary Britain. Penetrating the hidden worlds of the barrack room and the officers' mess, White Mutiny demonstrates the intimate relationship between the military and the social history of British culture in India, and how awareness of each can enrich the other.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814780831
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 05/01/1998
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

A military historian working at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Peter Stanley is editor of What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? and author of Bomber Command, Air Battle Europe, 1939- 1945.

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"A pioneering piece of social history."

-James Walvin,University of York

"Stanley's reconstruction of the 'culture' of his officers and men—their careers, relationships, expectations, living conditions—is fascinating. Stanley writes clear, concise, and often witty English. After the jargon-ridden, polysyllabic obfuscation of so much 'new' history, his concern for his readers comes as a delightful relief."

-Clive Dewey,University of Leicester

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