The Amritsar Massacre, during which hundreds of people were killed at Jallianwala Bagh, was a seminal moment in the history of India and the British Empire. Yet, 100 years on, it remains poorly understood and largely shrouded in myth.
In this talk, Kim A Wagner explores the experiences of ordinary people, British and Indian, caught up in a storm of simmering discontent and anxiety in April 1919.
Examining the massacre within the context of colonial mentality and the local dynamics of Indian nationalism, Wagner offers a nuanced perspective to the bloody history of the British Empire.
Kim A Wagner teaches the history of colonial India and the British Empire at Queen Mary University of London.