New book revisits Amritsar 1919 massacre

Amritsar 1919: An Empire of Fear and the Making of a Massacre, a 360-page work by Kim Wagner, looks at the 'seminal moment' in the history of India and the British Empire as it marks its 100th anniversary.

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Amritsar 1919: An Empire of Fear and the Making of a Massacre

A book on the Amritsar Massacre of 1919 has just been released.

Amritsar 1919: An Empire of Fear and the Making of a Massacre, a 360-page work by Kim Wagner, looks at the ‘seminal moment’ in the history of India and the British Empire as it marks its 100th anniversary.

Though a seminal moment in the history of the British Empire, it remains poorly understood, according to a note promoting the book.

In the account, Wagner details the perspectives of ordinary people and argues that General Dyer’s order to open fire at Jallianwalla Bagh was an act of fear.

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.

The book is now available online.

 

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