Sikhs around 1900
It was during the period 1875 to 1925, after the British had taken over Punjab that the first books in English regarding the Sikh first emerged. The British writers began to travel to this part north western India and came across the people of the Punjab. They began to understand the Sikhs and their unusual way of life. During this period, many books were written by the British about Sikhs, their culture, religion and history. This articles is about the comments made by these writers about the Sikhs during this initial phase of contact.
Below is a list of the first books in English printed before 1900:
- History Of The Punjab And Of The Rise, Progress, amp Present Condition Of The Sect And Nation Of The Sikhs (vol II)... Author: Charles Marivale, Other info: History. English, 1846. 405 pgs.
- The Sikhs And Afghans... Author: Shshmet Ali, Other info: History. English, 1849. 576 pgs.
- A History of the Sikhs... Author: Joseph Daney Cunmingham, Other info: GEOGRAPHY. BIOGRAPHY. HISTORY. English, 1849. 461 pgs.
- Second Sikh War in 1848 1849... Author: Joseph Tahckwell, Other info: GEOGRAPHY. BIOGRAPHY. HISTORY. English, 1851. 382 pgs.
- Sikhs and Sikhs Wars... Author: Charles Gough, Other info: GEOGRAPHY. BIOGRAPHY. HISTORY. English, 1897. 318 pgs.
- The Lieutenant Colonel John Haughton Commandant of the 36th Sikhs A hero of Tirah... Author: A C Yate, Other info: GEOGRAPHY. BIOGRAPHY. HISTORY. English, 1900. 254 pgs.
- Sikhs... Author: John J H Gordon, Other info: GEOGRAPHY. BIOGRAPHY. HISTORY. English, 1904. 243 pgs.
Comments by writers
This is from the Preface in the book "Sikhs" by author John J H Gordon. This book was first printed in 1904.
|No visitors at the celebration of the King’s Coronation in London received a heartier welcome than the soldiers of the many races and classes who so well represented the Indian Army. Our home people were able to see the quality of the men who compose it, while they themselves were enabled to form a clearer conception of Britain’s strength and resources and the character of her people.
|John J H Gordon 1904|