Jallianwala Bagh: An Empire of Fear and the Making of the Amritsar Massacre

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Written by Kim A. Wagner

9780670092185 | HB | pp. 325 | 2019 | Penguin Random House India

In this dramatic telling of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, which takes the perspectives of ordinary people into account, the author argues that General Dyer’s order to open fire at Jallianwalla Bagh was an act of fear and its consequences for the Indian freedom struggle were profound.

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The Amritsar massacre of 1919 was a seminal moment in the history of the Indo-British encounter, and it had a profound impact on the colonial relationship between the two countries. In this dramatic telling, which takes the perspectives of ordinary people into account, the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and its aftermath are strikingly detailed.

Wagner argues that General Dyer’s order to open fire at Jallianwalla Bagh was an act of fear and its consequences for the Indian freedom struggle were profound. Situating the massacre within the ‘deep’ context of British colonial mentality and the local dynamics of Indian nationalism, Wagner provides a genuinely nuanced approach to the bloody history of the British Empire.

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Author:

Written by Kim A. Wagner

ISBN:

9780670092185

Binding:

Hardback

Pages:

325

Year of Publication:

2019

Publisher:

Penguin Random House India

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

Dr Kim A. Wagner did his Ph.D. in South Asian history at the University of Cambridge (2000-03), supervised by the late Professor Sir C.A. Bayly. This was followed by a four-year Research Fellowship at King’s College, Cambridge, and a two-year Research Associate post at the University of Edinburgh. He was subsequently employed as Lecturer in Imperial and World History at the University of Birmingham, before joining Queen Mary in 2012. Between 2015 and 2018, he had a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship working with Dane Kennedy at George Washington University, DC.

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