George Bruce Malleson

The Indian Mutiny of 1857

By G.B. Malleson. Colonel G.B. Malleson’s definitive history of the mutiny against British rule in India is more than just a narrative of the dreadful events of 1857 and the insanity of colonialism, but also provides now-suppressed insights into race, racial psychology and the true causes of interracial conflict.

Using official documents, personal letters and private journals of those involved, Malleson tells the story of the massacre of the Europeans at Cawnpore, the siege of Delhi and the final relief of Lucknow.

The real value of this work, however, lies in his description of race as a factor in the creation of the British Empire and the ultimate incompatibility of European culture and civilization with that of the Third World.

As Malleson wrote: “It was a question of race. This race of ours has been gifted by Providence with the qualities of manliness, of endurance, of a resolution which never flags . . . The determining cause of the Mutiny of 1857 was the attempt to force Western ideas upon an Eastern people.”


I. introductory
II. The conspirators
III. The first mutterings of the storm
IV. The spread of the epidemic
V. Barrackpur, Calcutta, and the northwest to the 9th of May
VI. The revolt at Mirath and the seizure of Delhi
VII. The effect, throughout India, of the seizure of Delhi
VIII. The progress of the insurrection in the north-west in May and June
IX. The march to Delhi
X. Kanhpur, Lakhnao, and Allahabad
XI. Calcutta in June and July
XII. The leaguer of Kanhpur
XIII. Neill at Banaras and Allahabad Havelock’s recovery of Kanhpur
XIV. The residency of Lakhnao after Chinhat—Havelock’s first attempts to relieve it
XV. Calcutta and western Bihar in July and August
XVI. The first relief of the Lakhnao residency
XVII. The leaguer of Agra
XVIII. Events in the Sagar and Narbada territories, central India, Rajputana, the Mirath districts, Rohilkhand, and the Panjab
XIX. The siege and storming of Delhi
XX. From Delhi to Agra and Kanhpur sir Colin Campbell at Kanhpur
XXI. The second relief of the Lakhnao residency—Windham and the Gwaliar contingent
XXII. Sir Colin Campbell recovers the Duab
XXIII. Eastern Bengal, eastern Bihar, Azamgarh, Allahabad, and eastern Oudh
XXIV. The storming of Lakhnao
XXV. Azamgarh reconquest of Rohilkhand, of Oudh, of the Azamgarh and western Bihar districts
XXVI. Western and central India
XXVII. The last embers of the revolt
XXVIII. Conclusion


450 pages. Paperback.


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Weight 21 oz
Dimensions 6 × 0.94 × 9 in

George Bruce Malleson

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