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The skull of Alum Bheg

the life and death of a rebel of 1857

The skull of Alum Bheg
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In 1963, a human skull was discovered in a pub in south-east England. The handwritten note found inside revealed it to be that of Alum Bheg, an Indian soldier in British service who had been blown from a cannon for his role in the 1857 Uprising, his head 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. Examining the Victorians' macabre fetish for collecting and exhibiting body parts, the book also offers a critical assessment of British imperialism that speaks to contemporary debates about the legacies of Empire and the myth of the 'Mutiny'.

Product Details

Author:
Kim A Wagner

Publisher:
Hurst & Company

Format:
Hardback

ISBN:
9781849048705

Publication Date:
30/11/2017

Pages:
287

Dimensions:
216 x 138 x 33 mm

Notes:
illustrations

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