About this site
This is the website of a research project on European Responses to the 1857 Revolt. For further details about the project see below. You can search for a specific Document type by using the drop-down list on the left. You can also look for material in specific languages by clicking the Languages button above which opens up a list of links. Click Archives above for links to all the material posted on this site. Click Links for links to external resources. Click Contact if you wish to get in touch with us.
To see original documents of the responses in the European Press, click here. To see images (illustrations, paintings, photographs) that appeared in newspapers, periodicals and books (fiction and non-fiction), click here.
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The research project is aimed at investigating an area that has so far gone unnoticed. While considerable work has been done on the impact of the Revolt in England, little attention has been paid so far to the responses in the rest of Europe. The research project shows that there is an extensive body of material in several European languages and stretching over a period of at least a hundred years.
Most of this material – in newspapers, magazines, literary texts, historical accounts, etc. – is only available in the languages in which it was originally published. It has also largely gone unnoticed in the concerned languages. The project aims at collecting this material and making it available with the purpose of promoting the study of this so far little known chapter of Europe’s encounter with India.
The project was begun at the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Delhi, during the 150th anniversary of the Revolt with the support of the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR). An international conference was held in October 2007 and the collection of material started.
A selection of papers presented at the 2007 conference as well as other papers contributed later have been published:
Shaswati Mazumdar, ed., Insurgent Sepoys. Europe views the Revolt of 1857, New Delhi: Routledge Books, 2011
The collection of essays in this volume ventures into this hitherto unexplored terrain and offers a preliminary insight into how the Revolt was viewed in non-English speaking Europe. The first part of the book looks at the extensive coverage in newspapers and journals in several European languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Czech and Bulgarian), the second part focuses on some of the numerous fictional representations.
We are continuously on the lookout for further material. Though a lot of material has been collected, we have not yet been able to locate all the texts listed in the bibliographies. We appeal for help in locating any material – textual or visual – as well as suggestions that may be relevant to the project.