Rethinking 1857 and The Punjab

Item Code: NAE693
Author: Dr. Navtej Singh
Publisher: Publication Bureau Punjabi University, Patiala
Language: English
Edition: 2008
ISBN: 8130201402
Pages: 291
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 9.0 inch x 6.0 inch
Weight 450 gm
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Book Description


Historiography is a continuous process of debate in historical scholarship. It provides space for re-examining, rethinking or re-evaluating existing perceptions on particular historical events or developments. It poses a challenge before the scholars to search for new evidences, explore hitherto unknown areas in order to enable new and different interpretations of human history.

The Uprising of 1857 has assumed national character. Particular understanding developed on the nature of this event in 1857 and later on in 1957, during its 100th year of commemoration. Yet this perception is marked by two limitations one, pertaining to the character of the happenings ; two, role of the Sikhs. Further its scope remained limited because it was largely seen as religion oriented and for its failure Sikhs were held responsible.

Later on with the availability of newer evidences and with re-visiting the issue certain facts began to emerge with a country-wide debate generated because of its 150th year of commemoration in 2007. To participate in this opportunity the Department of Punjab Historical Studies organized Seminar on 28 November 2007. The issues taken up are very relevant and pertinent. Apart from discussion on the above mentioned two inter-related themes of the event; other issues explored are the official understanding contemporary non-official perception, early nationalist views, Radical and Marxist perspectives, recent descriptions and evaluations, the event in literature and memory along with its academic and social relevance.

I am hopeful that publication of these research papers will help in re understanding the happenings and also relocating position of the Sikhs in particular historical situations. The Department of Punjab Historical Studies and its Head, Dr Navtej Singh deserve congratulations for hard work and bringing out the volume. Its publication during 150th year of commemoration will certainly contribute to the debate with significant addition to the national historiography.


Key note addressXIV
1Changing Perspectives on 18571
2Dance of at Death Ajnala: Rising, Repression and Retribution in 185715
3Martyrs of I 857—Gurgaon District28
4Princely States of Punjab During the Revolt of 185739
5The Uprisingof 1857: Scenario in Punjab46
6Sikhs and 1857: Myths and Facts51
7On Slippery Ground: The British Position in the Punjab During 185778
8Punjab in 1857: A Reassessment90
9The Indian Mutiny of 1857 and the Sikhs101
10Uprising of 1857 and Kuka Movement: An Analysis of their Links118
111857: Factors of Nationalism and Religion137
12l857 In Vernacular Literature140
13I857 And the Ghadr Party : Image and Utilization149
14Punjab in 1857: Perceptions of Some Englishmen157
15Revoltofl857andthePunjab: Official Perceptions171
16Writings on 1857 : Dominance of Imperialist Approach178
17Reverend James Kennedy on 1857184
18Alexander Duff on the Revolt of 1857188
19Sir Colin comb ell on the mutiny of 1857193
20Punjab and the revolt of 1957198
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