Kim A. Wagner is senior lecturer in British Imperial History, Queen Mary, University of London. He has written three previous books on Thuggees and on the 1857 Uprising. In his latest, The Skull of Alum Bheg: The Life and Death of a Rebel of 1857, he presents an intimate and vivid account of life and death in British India in the throes of the largest rebellion of the nineteenth century. Examining the colonial practice of collecting and exhibiting human remains, this book offers a critical assessment of British imperialism that speaks to contemporary debates about the legacies of Empire and the myth of the ‘Mutiny’.
Let’s go through these 5 facts about Alum Bheg that make us rethink history.