Rudrangshu Mukherjee places the ‘soldier-peasant’ at the forefront of the Revolt. Violence has rarely been described with so much realism and subtlety. The imaginative use of primary source materials adds clarity to accounts such as the massacre in Satichaura Ghat and the trial of Mangal Pandey. The layers of complexity that defined the relationship between the rulers and the subjugated are also exposed.
1. Introduction 2. 29 March 1857 3. Life of a Sepoy 4. The Greased Cartridge 5. Chapati, Rumours and Prophecy 6. The Trial 7. Epilogue