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William Dalrymple is a Scottish historian and writer, art historian and curator, as well as a broadcaster and critic. His books have won numerous awards and prizes, including the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award, the Hemingway, the Kapuściński and the Wolfson Prizes. He is also one of the co-founders and co-directors of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival.
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Courting India
Seventeenth-Century England, Mughal India, and the Origins of Empire
Nandini Das - 2023-04-04
William Dalrymple
Highly recommend this wonderful book      source
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A Stranger in Your Own City
Travels in the Middle East's Long War
Ghaith Abdul-Ahad - 2023-03-14
An award-winning journalist's powerful portrait of his native Baghdad, the people of Iraq, and twenty years of warThe history of reportage has often depended on outsiders--Ryszard Kapuściński witnessing the fall of the shah in Iran, Frances FitzGerald observing the aftermath of the American war in Vietnam. What would happen if a native son was so e...
William Dalrymple
Just finished a proof of this astonishing book. @GhaithAbdulahad is crucial and important new voice, as brilliant, passionate and fearless as he is well-informed, sceptical and nuanced.      source
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The Company-State
Corporate Sovereignty and the Early Modern Foundations of the British Empire in India
Philip J. Stern - 2011-04-22
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Almost since the event itself in 1757, the English East India Company's victory over the forces of the nawab of Bengal and the territorial acquisitions that followed has been perceived as the moment when the British Empire in India was born. Examining the Company's political and intellectual history in the century prior to this supposed transformat...
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@byranadasgupta @m_aslany If that's the case now, Philip Stern, and his remarkable previous book, The Company State (which I highly recommend - it was a huge influence on Anarchy) has been a big part of that conceptual shift from the nation state as the main agent of colonialism over the past few years      source
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Indian Summer
The Secret History of the End of an Empire
Alex Von Tunzelmann - 2007-08-07
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An extraordinary story of romance, history, and divided loyalties--set against the backdrop of one of the most dramatic events of the twentieth century The stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, liberated 400 million people from the British Empire. With the loss of India, its greatest colony, Britain ceased to be a superpower, and its king ceased t...
William Dalrymple
@thusspakejsk @Kalpesh_Astik Its my favourite book on 1947 as well. Enjoy!      source
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Zitto Kabwe
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The Anarchy
The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire
William Dalrymple - 2019-09-10
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The story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country.In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and set up, in his place, a government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a private army.The creation of this new g...
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"The Anarchy is a fascinating book about how India was colonized in the world’s first takeover of a civilization by a multinational company. Dalrymple is a fantastic historian & this book is a must-read for anyone trying to understand how and why."      source
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Who We Are and How We Got Here
Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past
David Reich - 2019-02-05 (first published in 2018)
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A groundbreaking book about how technological advances in genomics and the extraction of ancient DNA have profoundly changed our understanding of human prehistory while resolving many long-standing controversies.Massive technological innovations now allow scientists to extract and analyze ancient DNA as never before, and it has become clear--in par...
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@AayushOj @tjoseph0010 @BishtLokinder @PriyabrataT @adityanag2002 @hemantsarin @kamlesm @JAJafri @Pupulmimi @lndic02 @EnrouteH Aayush do have a look at Tony's fabulous multi-award winning book, Early Indians. I also recommend David Reich's Who We Are and How We Got Here- David is a Harvard prof & the world's leading DNA expert. Between the two, these will answer all your questions w cutting-edge science.      source
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Early Indians
The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From
Tony Joseph - 2018-12-21
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Who are we Indians ? Where did we come from ? Many of us believe our ancestors have lived in South Asia since 'time immemorial'. But, as it turns out, 'time immemorial' may not have been all that long ago. To tell us the story of our ancestry, journalist Tony Joseph goes 65,000 years into the pastwhen a band of modern humans, or Homo sapiens, first...
William Dalrymple
@AayushOj @tjoseph0010 @BishtLokinder @PriyabrataT @adityanag2002 @hemantsarin @kamlesm @JAJafri @Pupulmimi @lndic02 @EnrouteH Aayush do have a look at Tony's fabulous multi-award winning book, Early Indians. I also recommend David Reich's Who We Are and How We Got Here- David is a Harvard prof & the world's leading DNA expert. Between the two, these will answer all your questions w cutting-edge science.      source
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Kavita Krishnan
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The Complete Taj Mahal
Ebba Koch - 2006-11-01
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The Taj Mahal is the unchallenged masterpiece of Mughal art and one of the most famous buildings in the world. Yet until now, there has been no full analysis of its architecture and meaning. Ebba Koch, the first western scholar since India's independence permitted to take measures of the complex, has been working on the palaces and gardens of Shah ...
William Dalrymple
Anyone wanting to know more about the history of the Taj should look at Ebba Koch's magnificent book, The Complete Taj Mahal, which deals in full with the transfer of the property from Raja Jai Singh. I reviewed it for @nybooks      source
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A Study of T'ang Exotics (Chinese Edition)
Edward H. Schafer - 2016-04-20 (first published in 1963)
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William Dalrymple
@Dong_Muda Golden Peaches is such a great book!      source
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Haunting the Buddha
Indian Popular Religions and the Formation of Buddhism
Robert Decaroli - 2004-09-30
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Early European histories of India frequently reflected colonialist agendas. The idea that Indian society had declined from an earlier Golden Age helped justify the colonial presence. It was said, for example, that modern Buddhism had fallen away from its original identity as a purely rational philosophy that arose in the mythical 5th-century BCE Go...
William Dalrymple
@SVOjha Robert Decaroli's excellent Haunting the Buddha, p74-5. Its a brilliant book and I highly recommend it.      source
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The Tale of the Horse
Yashaswini Chandra - 2021-01-01
Stealing from the Saracens by Diana Darke
AKBAR by Ira Mukhoty
The Emperor Who Never Was by Supriya Gandhi
The Hidden History of Burma by Thant Myint-U
Rebels sultans by Manu S. Pillai
Inglorious Empire by Shashi Tharoor
Crossing the Bay of Bengal by Sunil S. Amrith
The Corporation That Changed the World by Nick Robins
The Body Adorned by VIDYA DEHEJIA
India Discovered by John Keay