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Last Mughal The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi 1857

ISBN-10: 1400078334
ISBN-13: 9781400078332
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/11/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

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.

Maps
Dramatis Personae
Acknowledgements
Introduction
A Chessboard King
Believers and Infidels
An Uneasy Equilibrium
The Near Approach of the Storm
The Sword of the Lord of Fury
This Day of Ruin and Riot
A Precarious Position
Blood for Blood
The Turn of the Tide
To Shoot Every Soul
The City of the Dead
The Last of the Great Mughals
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Illustrations

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