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Published: 01 March 2018

288 Pages

5.4x8.4 inches

ISBN: 9780190870232

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The Skull of Alum Bheg

The Life and Death of a Rebel of 1857

Kim Wagner

  • An absorbing history charting the long afterlife of the 1857 "Indian Mutiny" and the Victorians' macabre fetish for collecting body parts.
  • An intimate and vivid account of life and death in British India
  • A critical assessment of British imperialism that speaks to contemporary debates about the legacies of Empire
  • Shows how the practices of collecting human remains as war-trophies or scientific specimens were much more similar than is usually acknowledged, and that the British were very much involved in what would today be considered unethical and macabre acts of collecting and exhibiting human remains under one pretext or another.