For some two and a half centuries Indian troops were of critical importance in the British Empire’s wars in the Indian Ocean region. Perhaps the most important of these conflicts, the First Opium War is now widely acknowledged as a pivotal event in world history. British India was the principal protagonist in this war: it provided half the soldiers, the bulk of the funding, and most of the ships, sailors, and auxiliaries for the campaign. This talk looks at the war from the point of view of Indian soldiers and auxiliaries.
Simultaneous Arabic interpretation will be provided
Image: Painting by Edward Duncan (1803–1882); CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
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