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    DescriptionIn 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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    Title
    The Last Mughal
    Subtitle
    The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William Dalrymple
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 534
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 202 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 540 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781400078332
    ISBN 10: 1400078334
    Classifications

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    Ingram Theme: CULT/INDIAN
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    Ingram Theme: CHRN/LATE18
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000, HIS017000
    B&T General Subject: 431
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    DC21: 954.0317
    B&T Approval Code: A15403036
    DC22: 954.0317
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 954.03/17
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    LC classification: DS486.D3 D275 2008
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, maps, colour plates
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    11 March 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "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" "Deeply researched and beautifully written. . . . A poignant account of the events of 1857 in Delhi." --"The Nation""There is so much to admire in this book - the depth of historical research, the finely evocative writing, the extraordinary rapport with the cultural world of late Mughal India. It is also in many ways a remarkably humane and egalitarian history . . . This is a splendid work of empathetic scholarship." --David Arnold, "Times Literary Supplement"