October 23, 2006
William Dalrymple's The Last Mughal
The Last Mughal, continues the story I began in White Mughals - the story of the fast-changing relationship between the British and the Indians, and especially Muslim Indians - in the late 18th and the mid-19th century writes author William Dalrymple in his essay for the New Statesman. Mesmerizing in its details, I found White Mughals a rewarding and important read. Fiona Atherton's review of The Last Mughal promises this to be an equal.
To a historian, it is surely Dalrymple's painstaking research, his use not only of British sources, but of never-before-translated Persian and Urdu texts, Indian eyewitness accounts and official records, which render this work groundbreaking and long overdue. Finally, a history emerges which is truly 'new', and which challenges 150 years of British teaching. Impressive as this is, the non-historian's admiration is of a different kind. As a revered travel writer as well as historian, Dalrymple's Delhi, the city which he discovered at 18 and which has "haunted and obsessed" him ever since, is tangibly depicted. read rest here
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