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The Black Hole of Calcutta : a reconstruction

Author: Noel Barber
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1966. ©1965
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [1st American edition]View all editions and formats
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Everyone has heard of the Black Hole of Calcutta, but Noel Barber brings the story of that Gehenna vividly to life as it has not been presented for a century. In 1756 came a seige by 50,000 Indians of Fort William, the British East India Company's stronghold. The ensuing events constitute one of the most dramatic episodes of British imperial history, as this graphic and exciting reconstruction shows. Like so much  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Barber, Noel, 1909-
Black Hole of Calcutta.
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1966 [©1965]
(OCoLC)582481253
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Noel Barber
OCLC Number: 1361481
Description: 254 pages : maps, plans ; 23 cm
Contents: The years of discontent --
The last days of peace --
Battle in the sun --
The great fire of Calcutta --
50,000 against 500 --
The women who stayed behind --
The deserters --
Besieged and betrayed --
The night of the black hole --
Retribution.
Responsibility: by Noel Barber.

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Everyone has heard of the Black Hole of Calcutta, but Noel Barber brings the story of that Gehenna vividly to life as it has not been presented for a century. In 1756 came a seige by 50,000 Indians of Fort William, the British East India Company's stronghold. The ensuing events constitute one of the most dramatic episodes of British imperial history, as this graphic and exciting reconstruction shows. Like so much else in history, this was a tragedy of errors in which stupidity, treachery, and fear all played their parts, side by side with the most glowing courage.

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