Holmes, Richard.


1st ed., 2005. Xxxiii + 572 pp., various photo-plates + other cold., + b&w plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Gentle wave to pages o/w FINE. Sahib is a broad military history of the men who served in India and the women who followed them across the continent, bore their children, and all too often mopped their brows as they died. The author begins with India's rise from commercial enclave to great Empire, from Clive's victory of Plassey, through the imperial wars of the eighteenth century and the Afghan and Sikh Wars of the 1840's, through the bloody turmoil of the Mutiny, and the frontier campaigns at the century's end. With its focus on the experience of ordinary soldiers, Sahib explains why soldiers of the Raj joined the army, how they got to India and what they made of it when they arrived. The book examines Indian soldiering in peace and war and makes full use of extensive and often neglected archive material in the India Office Library and National Army Museum.

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