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The Skull of Alum Bheg - The Life and Death of a Rebel of 1857

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The Skull of Alum Bheg - The Life and Death of a Rebel of 1857
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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Limited
  • ISBN-13:  9780670090204
  • Total Pages:  256 Pages
  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • Book Language:  English
  • Available Book Formats: Hardcover
  • Year:  2017
  • Publication Date:  2017-11-01
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In 1963, a human skull was discovered in a pub in Kent in south-east England. A brief handwritten note stuck inside the cavity revealed it to be that of Alum Bheg, an Indian soldier in British service who was executed during the aftermath of the 1857 Uprising. Alum Bheg was blown from a cannon for having allegedly murdered British civilians, and his head was brought back as a grisly war-trophy by an Irish officer present at his execution. The skull is a troublesome relic of both anti-colonial violence and the brutality and spectacle of British retribution. Kim Wagner presents an intimate and vivid account of life and death in British India in the throes of the largest rebellion of the nineteenth century. Fugitive rebels spent months, even years, hiding in the vastness of the Himalayas befo..
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Sold ByPenguin Books Limited
AuthorKim A. Wagner
ISBN-139780670090204
Edition1st Edition
FormatHardcover
LanguageEnglish
Pages256 Pages
Publication Date (YYYY-MM-DD)2017-11-01
Publication Year2017
CategoryNon-Fiction

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The Skull of Alum Bheg - The Life and Death of a Rebel of 1857

In 1963, a human skull was discovered in a pub in Kent in south-east England. A brief handwritten note stuck inside the cavity revealed it to be that of Alum Bheg, an Indian soldier in British service who was executed during the aftermath of the 1857 Uprising. Alum Bheg was blown from a cannon for having allegedly murdered British civilians, and his head was brought back as a grisly war-trophy by an Irish officer present at his execution. The skull is a troublesome relic of both anti-colonial violence and the brutality and spectacle of British retribution. Kim Wagner presents an intimate and vivid account of life and death in British India in the throes of the largest rebellion of the nineteenth century. Fugitive rebels spent months, even years, hiding in the vastness of the Himalayas before they were eventually hunted down and punished by a vengeful colonial state. Examining the colonial practice of collecting and exhibiting human remains, this book offers a critical assessment of British imperialism that speaks to contemporary debates about the legacies of Empire and the myth of the 'Mutiny'.
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