Ernest Jones’ Mutiny: The People’s Paper, English Popular Politics and the Indian Rebellion 1857–58

  • Tim Pratt
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)


The Indian Mutiny of 1857–581 was relayed to the British parliament, press and people through a modernising communications network that brought Indian affairs to the imperial metropole more rapidly than ever before. This network, and the information that flowed through it, was constituted by a mixture of public and private investment, expertise and knowledge. The imperial governing authorities had developed the newly instituted Indian telegraph system, enabling the very latest information to be transmitted to Britain in a matter of hours, whilst private shipping companies had developed an ‘overland’ route that enabled mails carrying private correspondence and official documents to reach Britain in little more than a month, information that fleshed out the skeletal details provided via the wires. Although the means of transmitting news from India was either recently implemented or improved, much of the material constituting it thus remained of a largely similar character to the period preceding these innovations.2


Reform Movement British Rule Indian Affair Military Affair Domestic Reform 
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