East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

The Indian Mutiny of 1857

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cover93235-mediumI know, I know.
I’ve already bored you to death – repeatedly – with my old thing about doing research and having a hell of a good time doing it.
But that’s it – I normally have an inordinate amount of fun doing research for my projects.

For Hope & Glory (you know that’s the hot topic here, right now), I had the pleasure of taking a university-level course in the history of Colonial Britain, and I read and re-read a lot of great books.
And expanded in new directions – like finally getting into the history of the Mughal.

But then there’s the serendipity thing – like, NetGalley, where I often find interesting books to read and review, offering me a review copy of The Indian Mutiny of 1857, by Colonel G.B. Malleson.

In case you missed him – and you might – was an officer of the Bengal Infantry, and a man that had written about the Sepoy Mutiny while the Mutiny was happening.
The 1857 book is an abbreviated rewrite of a previous six volume work on the subject Malleson had completed and reworked after the original author – John William Kaye – had passed away.
And certainly the book is a source of unending information, if for nothing else, for the fact that it was written very close to the events, by someone that had been part of those events.
Granted, Malleson was biased, and he wrote very close to the events – and this is indeed part of the fun.

So, I’m reading a fine book of history, I am doing research for my current writing/gaming project, I’ll do another review for NetGalley, and the whole has cost me nothing.
Not bad.
Not bad at all.

Oh, and in case you are interested, the six volume version of Malleson’s work is available online for free on iBiblio.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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