The Amritsar Massacre: The British Empire's Worst Atrocity

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The shocking massacre of 379 unarmed Indians in the enclosed Jallianwala Bath park on the command of a British army officer on April 13th, 1919 is considered a brutal example of colonial abuse. Immediately afterwards martial law was established with harsh penalties and punishments. Often considered as the darkest period of the Raj, the massacre helped galvanise the Indian Nationalist movement, making full independence inevitable. This book examines the context in which the infamous event took place - and asks why something that happened 100 years ago remains so controversial. Readers will discover how tensions within the region - and political and professional ambitions on both sides - combined to create a chain of events that signaled the beginning of the end for the British Raj.


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Manufacturer/Publisher: Pen & Sword
Binding: Paperback
Author: Vanessa Holburn

SKU: 9781526751461