The Revolt of 1857 in India has so far largely been viewed as an event that was of interest to British and Indian scholars investigating the various consequences of British colonial rule in India. What has remained out of the focus of study during the last 150 years is the possible impact of the Revolt elsewhere, its so to say international dimension: what, in particular, was the reaction in Europe where elemental social and political transformations were underway.

Whatever the varied nature of the reactions, the space given to the Revolt in many European newspapers and journals while it was in progress is certainly extensive. What is more, representations of and reflections on the Revolt appeared both during the event and for long after its suppression, above all in forms of popular fiction but also in historical accounts, letters, reminiscences and other forms of writing. The collection of essays in this volume ventures into this unexplored terrain and offers a first look at some of these European responses.

chapter 1|16 pages


ByShaswati Mazumdar

part |2 pages

Part I: News and Views

chapter 2|24 pages

German Responses: Theodor Fontane, Edgar Bauer, Wilhelm Liebknecht

ByClaudia Reichel

chapter 4|18 pages

Freedom and Democracy: The Revolt in the Italian Press

ByChiara Cherubini

chapter 5|13 pages

A View of the Revolt in the Spanish Press

ByVibha Maurya, Maneesha Taneja

chapter 6|17 pages

Hungarian Responses: Between Support and Disagreement

ByMargit Köves

chapter 8|11 pages

Buˇlgarska Dnevnitsa: A Bulgarian Response to the Uprising

ByRashmi Joshi

part |2 pages

Part II: Fact and Fiction

chapter 9|15 pages

Retcliffe’s Nena Sahib and the German Discourse on India

ByAnil Bhatti

chapter 10|19 pages

The Rebellion of an Indian Temple Dancer

ByCarola Hilmes

chapter 11|18 pages

The Stirring Story of the ‘Cipays’: Italian Narrative Responses

ByFlaminia Nicora

chapter 14|16 pages

Lost in Translation: Jules Verne and the Indian Rebellion

BySwati Dasgupta

chapter 15|14 pages

‘A Great Insurrection’: Jules Verne and British ‘Mutiny’ Fiction

BySuchitra Choudhury

chapter 16|18 pages

The Rebellion in a 19th-century Indo-Portuguese Novel

ByEverton V. Machado

chapter 17|9 pages

Francisco Luiz Gomes’s Os Brahamanes: The Uprising and Anglo-Indian Society

Byand Anglo-Indian Society Balaji Ranganathan

chapter 18|11 pages

El dragón del fuego: A Dramatic Representation of the Revolt

ByVijaya Venkataraman