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A Tale of Two Revolts

India’s Mutiny and The American Civil War

Two wars - the 1857 Revolt in India and the American Civil War - seemingly fought for very different reasons, occurred at opposite ends of the globe in the middle of the nineteenth century. But they were both fought in a world still dominated by Great Britain and the battle cry in both conflicts was freedom. Rajmohan Gandhi brings the drama of both wars to one stage in A Tale of Two Revolts. He deftly reconstructs events from the point of view of William Howard Russell - an Irishman who was also perhaps the world’s first war correspondent - and uncovers significant connections between the histories of the United States, Britain and India. The result is a tale of two revolts, three countries and one century. Into this fascinating story Rajmohan Gandhi weaves the choices of three towering figures of world history - Karl Marx, Leo Tolstoy and Abraham Lincoln - to show the continuities between the nineteenth century and the world we live in today.

320 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2011

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Table of Contents

1. Britannia Rules the Waves
India, England and America, 1850-57
2. Galloping Fury
India, 1857
3. ‘Half-Devil and Half-Child’
England, America and India, 1857-59
4. Lincoln’s Rise to Power
America, 1857-61
5. America Sheds Its Blood
The Civil War, 1861-65
6. Connections
The Two Revolts; and India, 1860 to 1900

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