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The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857 (Vintage)

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In this evocative study of the fall of the Mughal Empire and the beginning of the Raj, award-winning historian William Dalrymple uses previously undiscovered sources to investigate a pivotal moment in history.

The last Mughal emperor, Zafar, came to the throne when the political power of the Mughals was already in steep decline. Nonetheless, Zafar — a mystic, poet, and calligrapher of great accomplishment — created a court of unparalleled brilliance, and gave rise to perhaps the greatest literary renaissance in modern Indian history. All the while, the British were progressively taking over the Emperor's power. When, in May 1857, Zafar was declared the leader of an uprising against the British, he was powerless to resist though he strongly suspected that the action was doomed. Four months later, the British took Delhi, the capital, with catastrophic results. With an unsurpassed understanding of British and Indian history, Dalrymple crafts a provocative, revelatory account of one the bloodiest upheavals in history.

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"Deeply researched and beautifully written....A poignant account of the events of 1857 in Delhi." The Nation

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"A compulsively readable masterpiece....Every chapter of The Last Mughal has historical echoes that are still desperately relevant today." The New York Review of Books

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"Brilliant....A magnificent, multi-dimensional work which shames the simplistic efforts of previous writers....With both empathy and sympathy the author portrays the last years of a decadent empire." David Gilmour, The Spectator

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"Dalrymple argues convincingly for the contribution of colonialism to the rise of religious radicalism in India. A skilfully written, impeccably researched history." The Observer

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Award-winning historian Dalrymple presents a brilliantly researched, evocatively written study of the fall of the Raj and the beginning of the British occupation of India.

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William Dalrymple was born in Scotland and brought up on the shores of the Firth of Forth. When he was twenty-two he wrote the highly acclaimed bestseller In Xanadu, which was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize. In 1989 Dalrymple moved to Delhi where he lived for six years researching his second book, City of Djinns, which won the 1994 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award.

He is married to the artist Olivia Fraser, and they have three children. They now divide their time between London and Delhi.

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itpdx, March 16, 2009 (view all comments by itpdx)
Fascinating! This book tells the story of the Great Uprising of 1857 in the area around Delhi. The author uncovered a treasure trove of previously unpublished and/or untranslated records and accounts of this time period. And he can write! Whether he is describing a typical day in Dehli before the uprising; the British inhabitants deaths and escapes; the suffering of the inhabitants of Dehli during the seige; or the tenous position of the Dehli Field Force outside the walls, he makes it come alive. You can feel the confusion, the hate, and the suffering. And you come away with a sense of loss for a civilization, for tolerance, for art.
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ISBN:
9781400078332
Author:
Dalrymple, William
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Dalrymple, William
Subject:
Asia - India & South Asia
Subject:
Asia - India
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
World - Colonial Studies
Subject:
India
Subject:
World History - India
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 PP COLOR/8 PP BandW
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
8 x 5.21 x 1.18 in 1.23 lb

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"Review" by , "Deeply researched and beautifully written....A poignant account of the events of 1857 in Delhi."
"Review" by , "A compulsively readable masterpiece....Every chapter of The Last Mughal has historical echoes that are still desperately relevant today."
"Review" by , "Brilliant....A magnificent, multi-dimensional work which shames the simplistic efforts of previous writers....With both empathy and sympathy the author portrays the last years of a decadent empire."
"Review" by , "Dalrymple argues convincingly for the contribution of colonialism to the rise of religious radicalism in India. A skilfully written, impeccably researched history."
"Synopsis" by , Award-winning historian Dalrymple presents a brilliantly researched, evocatively written study of the fall of the Raj and the beginning of the British occupation of India.
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