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Foreshadowing the Great Rebellion: The Vellore Revolt, 1806
K. A. Manikumar
Price
695.00
ISBN
9789354421181
Language
English
Pages
288
Format
Paperback
Dimensions
140 x 216 mm
Year of Publishing
2021
Territorial Rights
World
Imprint
Orient BlackSwan
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After Tipu Sultan was defeated and killed in a battle with the British in 1799, his family and descendants were gradually removed from Mysore and sent to live in Vellore Fort. After five peaceful years, at 2 am on 10 July 1806, about 500 Indian soldiers stormed the European quarters inside Vellore Fort, and shot down the white officers and soldiers. Their ‘revolt’ ended when British forces, led by Colonel Robert Gillespie, arrived to take back control. This intervention resulted in hundreds of the fleeing Indian soldiers being killed, wounded or captured for trial. This 1806 event has variously been described as the Vellore Massacre, Vellore Mutiny, Vellore Insurgency, Vellore Uprising, or the Vellore Revolt, depending on the ideological perspective of the historian.

Foreshadowing the Great Rebellion examines the causes that led up to the revolt, the events that transpired, and the aftermath and consequences, not only for the captured Indian soldiers, but also for the East India Company’s governance in India. The Vellore Mutiny has interesting parallels with the First War of Independence too, establishing that all the characteristics of the Great Rebellion of 1857 were foreshadowed in the 1806 Vellore Uprising.

A result of the author’s painstaking efforts to collect new data from the National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh, and the British Library, London, this book will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars interested in the history of the Vellore Rebellion from a native perspective.

K. A. Manikumar is retired Professor of History, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli.

Tables and Figures
Glossary
Foreword by G. Viswanathan
Preface
Acknowledgements

  1. Company, Army and Fort
  2. The Uprising
  3. The Aftermath
  4. Causes and Consequences
  5. Conclusion

Appendices
Bibliography
Index

1. A Revolutionary Revolt Pre-1857 | Mainstream, 27 November 2021.
2. Book excerpt for the title, “ Foreshadowing the Great Rebellion: The Vellore Revolt, 1806” published by the Live History India website | 17 November 2021.
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