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Research Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences
Year : 2017, Volume : 8, Issue : 1
First page : ( 27) Last page : ( 31)
Print ISSN : 0975-6795. Online ISSN : 2321-5828.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2321-5828.2017.00004.3

Understanding Delhi during 1803 - 1860 [A book review of: Delhi between two empires 1803 - 1931: society, government and urban growth by Narayani Gupta, New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 1981.]

Ashu J.

Cluster Innovation Centre, University of Delhi, New Delhi

Corresponding Author: Ashu J Research Assistant, Cluster Innovation Centre, University of Delhi, New Delhi. ashujnair@gmail.com

Online published on 22 September, 2017.


Revolt of 1857 was a rebellion in India which ran from May 1857 to July 1859 against the rule of East India Company. The revolt is still known by different names, including Sepoy Mutiny, the Rebellion of 1857, the Revolt of 1857, Great Rebellion, Indian Insurrection etc. There are many books written on British authority in India and one such book is “Delhi between two empires 1803–1931: Society, Government and Urban Growth” by Narayani Gupta. The main objective of this paper is to review “Delhi between two empires 1803–1931” by Narayani Gupta. However this paper will be reviewing only the first-three chapters of this book since my special interest lies in 1857. An effort has been made to plot unbiased as well as chapter-wise information about what Gupta is focusing throughout these chapters. Nevertheless, an attempt has also been made on understanding and conceptualizing ideas that has been put forth by Gupta. By the end of this essay I'm able to endeavour explicit conclusion including my own personally opinion concerning what author has consolidated within these chapters.



Colonial History, 1857, Indian Mutiny, Rebellion, Narayani Gupta.


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