Amritsar 1919 An Empire of Fear and the Making of a Massacre Kim Wagner

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
12 Feb 2019
ISBN:
9780300200355
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
352 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
30 b-w illus. & 4 maps

The Amritsar Massacre of 1919 was a seminal moment in the history of the British Empire, yet it remains poorly understood. In this dramatic account, Kim A. 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.

Kim A. Wagner teaches global and British imperial history at Queen Mary, University of London. His books include The Skull of Alum Bheg, The Great Fear of 1857, and Thuggee.