By Christopher Wilkinson-Latham

At the 24 April, 1855, Colonel Carmichael Smyth held a parade of the 90 skirmishers of the third mild Cavalry of the Bengal military at Meerut, a few 30 miles from Delhi. The disastrous occasions which supplied a spark which ignited a nearly wholesale mutiny of the Honourable East India Company's Bengal local military. Had the consequent rebellion succeeded, it should have threatened the validity of the full British Empire. because it used to be the Mutiny witnessed numerous tragic and bloody occasions, from the unique incident in Meerut to the scary siege of Cawnpore. Christopher Wilikinson-Latham information the heritage of the clash, from its beginnings to final answer.

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43 The term ‘exceptional normal’ was coined by the Italian microhistorian Edoardo Grendi to refer to out-of-the-way historical cases which, because of 22 Relocating Modern Science to a big-picture account of the changing nature of this particular intercultural encounter—from the eighteenth-century pre-colonial context of informal networks based on individual relationships to the late-nineteenth-century colonial one of large, hierarchized institutions—and the specific problems of scientific knowledge construction to which they give rise.

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Robert Boyle’s (1627–91) General Heads for the Natural History of a Country (1692), which he advertised as ‘the only sure Foundation of Natural Philosophy’, is a classic of the genre. His instructions range from hydrographical and topographical measurement, the reckoning of latitude and longitude, ‘Specifick Gravity of the Air’, ‘Weights of the several Waters’, recording astronomical phenomena, climate, and ‘Soyls . . Minerals, Vegetables or Animals’ of the places visited, to the arts, mining and metal extraction techniques, laws, agriculture, economy, and medicine of their respective inhabitants— both Natives and Strangers, that have settled there; particularly their Stature, Shape, Features, Strength, Ingenuity, Dyet, Inclination, that seem not due to Education.

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