‘Re-thinking John Company’s Armies, 1824-57’

Prof. Peter Stanley
University of New South Wales, Canberra

Re-thinking John Company's Armies, 1824-57 image

Violet Laidlaw Room, 6th floor
Chrystal Macmillan Building,
15A George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD

Tuesday 15 November 2022

The military history of British India has been dominated by traditional approaches to the field, and the decades before 1857 have been over-shadowed by the fact of the Mutiny-rebellion. Peter is finishing a book, to be published by Helion, which explores the military forces of British India in the three decades 1824-57. Rather than focusing on one aspect in detail, he will survey the book’s 20 chapters by briefly considering a key contemporary image from each. That will make clear his method (essentially ‘military-social history, seeking to unite the too-often disparate ‘military’ and ‘social-cultural’ approaches), with a particular concern to acknowledge and incorporate ‘Indian’ evidence, perspective or experience.

Professor Stanley is Research Professor at UNSW. He has written over 40 books and is a joint winner of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History (for his 2011 book Bad Characters, on Sex, Crime, Mutiny, Murder and Australia in the Great War). Since joining UNSW in 2013 Peter has concentrated on the military social history of British India, publishing books on Indians on Gallipoli, on British Territorials in India during the Great War and on the Bengal Army’s suppression of the 1855 Santal rebellion.

Professor Stanley’s talk, given in person, will be accessible on Zoom.
Time: Nov 15, 2022 17:00 London

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