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SUMMARY · 912REGISTER.CO.UK ✓ Kim A. WagnerEar triggered by the bloody 1857 Mutiny A painstaking and detached reconstruction of the events that led
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May faced off across the despatch box to mark the centenary offaced off across the despatch box to mark the centenary of Bagh and pretty much repeated the points made by their Tory and Labour predecessors a hundred years ago I love the extraordinary tension between archival research and narrative phrasing Precarious balancing act to allow the record to emerge without prejudicing the reader What could so easily have been a dispiriting trudge through the primary materials or a heavy handed polemic becomes in Wagner s skillful hands a deeply satisfying exposition of colonial paranoia and doublethinkIt s outside the scope of this book but I would have liked a bit on the psychological impact of WW1 on the British empire Wagner drops lots of interesting hints but obviously doesn t have the space to develop them here A very detailed account of the making of the Jallianwala bhag massacre The stories are very well narrated and the character development is gripping Not just learnt but enjoyed in the process Some may feel that the author is trying to defend the British administration I felt so at certain chapters but then when the book it read to its completion the author has given a good balance to all sides and just been honest Kim Wagner paints the picture of an era where a massacre of civilians was inevitable It happened in Amritsar but it could have happened anywhere else In the colonial system a very small number of Englishmen were tasked with ruling over hundreds of millions of people in the Indian subcontinent against their consent To do so they established a political and racial hierarchy with the English on top This hierarchy had to be enforced at all costs for the colonial system to continue And since some people in Amritsar had participated in riot that killed three Englishmen and severely injured an English woman they deserved a good firing The liberals in England may have estioned how much firing was sufficient to teach the natives a lesson the news of two to three hundred dead barely raised an eyebrow But Hardly Anyone Uestioned If hardly anyone Bulletin De La Soci T Arch Ologique Scientifique Et Litt Raire Du Vend uestioned if firing should have taken place at all One of the most fascinating thing about this book is how the author explores the psyche of the Anglo Indians the English living in India She describes how they lived in constant fear of being attacked or killed by the ruled While the Indians had all but forgotten the Mutiny of 1857 or as Indians call it the first war of Indian independence its echos remained fresh for the Anglo Indians in 1919 Every fresh batch. British Empire yet it remains poorlynderstood In this dramatic account Kim A Wagner details the perspectives of ordinary people and argues that General Dyer’s order to open fire at Jallianwalla Bagh was an act of. Of arriving Anglo Indians was reminded of how Anglo Indian families had been raped and killed by mutinous soldiers in Kanpur and if they wavered in their actions they would suffer the same fate So it was critical at all times to stay and appear in controlAnother thing that stayed with me after I put the book down was the discussion of race how the colonial masters insisted that they belonged to a super race After the massacre the colonial authorities command every Indian in Amritsar to salute an English person on the street they need to learn how to respect the super race or any Indian person crossing the street where an English woman was beaten any Indian person crossing the street where an English woman was beaten the riots had to crawl on their belly or how countless Indian men were tied to a post and flogged without any due process There were English soldiers who were happy to be be where the action was and taking pictures of how they humiliated the natives How different is this than ways in which white masters controlled their slaves Or the American South even in the twentieth century where any black person could be punished for a crime that was committed by any other black person Or Abu GhraibThe book seems to be meticulously researched drawing on a vast number of primary sources from testimonies provided to the Hunter Commission and the Indian National Congress s enuiry of the event personal diaries debates in the British parliament contemporary newspapers and even literature The author tries to look behind official facts and propaganda to ferret out what really happened and the state of mind of the people involved She does not spare modern Indian politicians and academics who are busy trying to rewrite what happened to wipe out the memories of those who died and Proceedings At The Banquet Of The Sons Of The State Of Maine In Illinois use theirnfortunate deaths to write the story of the today s Indian nation It is an authoritative and timely book and a must read for anyone interested in Reports Of Cases Argued And Determined In The Supreme Court Of Alabama understanding how colonialism worked then and now Impressive writing and research about a monumentally important event in Indian history and in a sense the eventual crumbling of Britain s empire what antter piece of garbage I am posting this review on the centenary of the Amritsar Massacre which took place on April 13 1919 On that day Brigadier General Reginald Dyer ordered his troops to fire over 1600 they counted bullets at a densely packed The Calyx 1908 unarmed crowd killing hundreds and injuring hundreds In Britain the runp to the anniversary has seen debates about what unarmed crowd killing hundreds and injuring hundreds In Britain the run Eleventh Annual Report Of The Superintendent Of State Orphans Home Of T up to the anniversary has seen debates about what place and whether or not there should be an apology from the British government Reading Kim A Wagner s excellent study of the events before and after the massacre at Jallianwala Bagh I m struck by how ill informed much of the discussions have been For those wanting a clearernderstanding of what took place in Amritsar in the Punjab one hundred years ago there is no better starting place than Wagner s bookFull length review. Fear Situating the massacre within the deep context of British colonial mentality and the local dynamics of Indian nationalism Wagner provides a genuinely nuanced approach to the bloody history of the British Empire.
Kim A. Wagner