How did the Sikhs become such an important power in India and who was ‘The Lion of Punjab’ – Ranjit Singh? This is the first in a new series of “5 minute Fridays” where Historian Amarpal Sidhu will be walking us through the First Anglo-Sikh War. Amarpal has written books on both Anglo-Sikh Wars and the Indian mutiny. His books can be ordered online –

In the next episode we will be covering the collapse of friendly relations between the Sikhs and the British and how war finally came about. Afterwards we will be covering the Battles of Mudki, Ferozeshah and Sobraon. I’m really excited by this series and I hope that you will be too.

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