From May to September 1857, Delhi was the centre of a great revolt against British rule that engulfed large parts of India. How did the revolt unfold? What transpired during those months? At our Online Talk #Delhi1857, historian Swapna Liddle disentangles the complex interactions between the various actors in this drama – mutinous soldiers, the Mughal emperor and royal family, the common people, the merchants, the service and landed elite – and reveals aspects of the revolt hitherto seldom discussed.
About the speaker
Swapna Liddle is a historian with a special interest in Delhi. For many years she has also been closely involved in the movement to preserve historic sites and monuments. Her most recent book is ‘The Broken Script : Delhi under the East India Company and the fall of the Mughal dynasty, 1803-1857’.