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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. By: William Dalrymple Media of The Last Mughal This Mughal is Bahadur Shah Zafar II, one of the most tolerant and likeable of his remarkable dynasty who. Buy The Last Mughal: The Fall of Delhi, by William Dalrymple (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery.

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Geoffrey Moorhouse of The Guardian wrote “Dalrymple has here written an account of the Indian mutiny such as we have never had before, of the events leading up to it and of its aftermath, seen through the prism of the last emperor’s life.

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The ensuing dalrjmple was the greatest challenge to colonial power since the American Revolution and ultimately resulted in the transfer of East India Company rule to the British crown. Refresh and try again. The Kindle edition is a disgraceful mess of faulty computer scanning. The author showed how the superciliousness and the imperial arrogance of the British when dealing with the native elite, their completely insensitive policies, arbitrary annexations of kingdoms and lands, policies of aggressive modernisation at the cost of cultural degeneration of the local communities and institutions, and very importantly the militant evangelism and the rising christian intolerance led to discontent among the masses.

The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, by William Dalrymple

For me as an Indian, it is very important to understand this point of view. They sat on the fence as long as they could, while others went a step ahead and actively helped the british. Hardcoverpages. Another cause of the revolt was the plan to end the Mughal royal line with the death of the current Emperor, Zafar.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Alas, Britain is very much in the same Rogues Gallery. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great muughal features: Many of the da,rymple are new, culled from rediscovered archives written in Farsi and Urdu. What this book on the other hand tells us is, and quite unequivocally, that it wasn’t a war for independence. John Nicholson, who became a cult figure among his native troops they thought he was an incarnation of Vishnu and his fellow countrymen, proposed “a bill for the flaying alive, impalement or burning of the murderers of the [British] women and children of Delhi”; dalrympld one of his soldiers a Quaker, no less habitually bayonetted sepoys while chanting Psalm To the book itself then.

The coincidence was clearly the Working of Fate, so I surrendered to the tides of time and plunged into the waters of the River Jumna to relive the last days of Zafar: For example photos in the print version are, of necessity, in their own section on special paper. I know all my favourite ice cream parlours. See and discover other items: A warning, however – buy a hard copy of this book. As mentioned in the introduction itself, its not merely a biographical account of The last mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, but its more a biography of Delhi, in and around the wliliam of – with our emperor being the central focus, but clearly one among many in an ensemble cast.


What remains with me, and this is something I went back to, almost every time I picked up the book to continue, is the photo of Zafar, lying with his face to the camera – the face of a broken old wiliam who through his life saw the dominion of his ancestors taken away from him until all he had was his city and an empty title, who had just been made to undergo a trial and many humiliations before it, eyes expressing melancholy, and resigned to his destiny.

What makes the reading a pleasure is the simple and sometime humorous tone Dalrymple has taken to desc Reading history probably could not be more interesting. Four months later, the British took Delhi, the capital, with catastrophic results. When the British eventually gained ascendency, they retaliated with equal and even more brutality with no regard to any of the human rights they professed. On 25 September he wrote to Queen Victoria about the violent rancour of a very large proportion of the English Community against every native Indian of every class.

He has vividly described the street life mughwl the Mughal capital in the days before the catastrophe happened, he has put his finger deftly on every crucial point in the story, which earlier historians have sometimes missed, and he has supplied some of the most informative footnotes I have ever read.

That was my idea of sin. Luckily for me I had already been to many of the places mentioned in the book due to my interest in Delhi’s architectural heritage and also consulted some old maps of Delhi available online. There are no heroes in this story.

The william describes how a moment of indecision cost Zafar his empire mostly the environs of Delhieventually robbing him of what he most desired – freedom to compose Urdu poetry in his palace.

William Dalrymple lays out history as it was, not constantly refraining how a colonial power brought “good things” to the subdued continent.

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

No such tears were ever shed for Delhi. But as this, and another book that I read earlier this year point out, that perhaps religious motivations were the biggest drivers behind the great lasr. But if we were told that the uprising was a war for independence, then we tend to believe that yes, it was.


The venom of one provides the lifeblood of the other. That the moral leadership that West has claimed for decades, rests on grounds shakier than shifting sands of Timbuktu. I hadn’t expected it to be so crude, but most of all I never expected the Company to be so incompetent. This is fitting, as Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, was also more dalryymple to poetry than politics and also lost his throne, regaining it just in time to pass it along to his remarkable son Akbar in The narrative is stellar, compassionate, and unbiased.

Alive, relevant, and fair. There are so many parallels to what is happening today in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay.

He has vividly described the street life of the Mughal capital wikliam the days before the catastrophe happened, he has put his finger deftly on every crucial point in the story, which earlier historians have sometimes missed, and he has supplied some of the most informative footnotes I have ever read.

Delhi, by William Dalrymple. Dalrymple has consulted the archives in all the languages, not just English, and so one begins to understand the tottering nature of the Mughal dynasty in the decades before and its end after It is even odder that one of the greatest threats to the cohesiveness and unity of the Mughal’s new forces was dqlrymple arrival of groups of Muslim jihadis who eventually came to make up atleast hald of the rebel army in Delhi; and that when the british counter-attacked against those forces, they did so by raising against the Mughal, a new army that consisted largely of Pathan and Punjabi Muslim irregulars.

The book tells of the last emperor at the time of the Indian rebellion of Some might see this as a hedging of bets, but it was, in truth, the reflex of a lifelong ditherer; and that is not the stuff of which rebel leaders are made. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

This is something not highlighted in our history books for obvious reasons. However, the very reasons that made the West love Benazir Bhutto are the same that gave many Pakistanis second thoughts.

After the oppression of the mutiny the English went on a rampage to willia, the ancient city of Delhi to dust and shoot every soul living in it.