The Last Mughal

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 27, 2007 - History - 444 pages
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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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Well researched but heavy read. - Goodreads
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The book that inspired my doctoral research! - Goodreads
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Dalrymple is defenitely a good writer. - Goodreads

Review: The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857

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When I read the title of the book, I thought it is a biography of The last Mughal just like the book " Mughal Throne" was about his predecessors. However, the book is a detailed description of what ... Read full review

Review: The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857

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This is one of those historical works that perfectly manages to look at a single area with in depth but without becoming so concentrated that it becomes boring. The level of research into the main ... Read full review

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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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