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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
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"A Stranger in Your Own City" by Ghaith Abdul-Ahad is a poignant portrayal of the people of Iraq and their struggles through two decades of war. As a native son, Abdul-Ahad offers a unique perspective of his once cosmopolitan city, which fell into chaos due to a megalomaniacal leader, foreign invasion, and the fragmentation of home. Through his reportage, we witness the devastating human cost of war and the shifting allegiances of everyday people, soldiers, and mercenaries. This award-winning book is a beautiful and tragic reminder of the importance of returning the land to the people who truly belong to it.
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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Explore the complex political and intellectual history of the English East India Company with The Company-State. Author Philip J. Stern challenges the traditional narrative of the British Empire's birth in India, instead revealing the corporation's focus on colonial governance and civic institutions. Readers will discover how the Company wrestled with issues of political authority, jurisdiction, and sovereignty over people, territory, and the sea. This unique perspective on the early modern world challenges distinctions between commercial and imperial eras in British India and offers insight into the fragmented nature of state, sovereignty, and empire.
William Dalrymple
@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 - 2007-07-01
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Experience the drama of one of the greatest events in world history - India's liberation from British rule. Follow the lives of influential figures, including Jawaharlal Nehru, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Mohandas Gandhi, and the Mountbattens, as they navigated the chaos, bloodshed, and war that followed the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947. Amidst Cold War conspiracies and a conflict in Kashmir, witness the secret personal drama between Edwina Mountbatten and Nehru in this passionate tale of love, history, and divided loyalties.
William Dalrymple
@thusspakejsk @Kalpesh_Astik Its my favourite book on 1947 as well. Enjoy!      source
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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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This riveting book unveils the story of the East India Company as it took control of Asia and ran a country with devastating consequences. At the heart of this story lies the creation of a government run by English traders who collected taxes through a private army. The company, transformed into an aggressive colonial power, ruled almost all of India south of Delhi for 47 years, leaving a painful legacy in its wake.
William Dalrymple
"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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Early Indians
The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From
Tony Joseph - 2018-12-18
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Discover the intriguing history of India's ancestry, tracing back 65,000 years to the arrival of modern humans from Africa. Journalist Tony Joseph uses groundbreaking DNA research to unravel controversial questions about Indian history, including the migration of the 'Aryans' and the genetic diversity of the country's castes. Early Indians presents this information in an entertaining and highly readable manner, ultimately revealing a crucial truth about the country's population: we are all migrants and mixed. A significant and brave book that puts to rest long-standing debates about Indian ancestry.
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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Who We Are and How We Got Here
Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past
David Reich - 2018-03-27
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"Unravel the mysteries of human prehistory through groundbreaking technological innovations in genomics and ancient DNA extraction. Discover how genomics, alongside archeology, linguistics, and the written word, have revolutionized our understanding of our own species. In this must-read book, the author showcases the importance of the Genomic Revolution, along with ancient DNA studies, in deconstructing racial hierarchies and revealing the deep history of human inequality."
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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The Complete Taj Mahal
Ebba Koch - 2006-11-01
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Explore the magnificent Taj Mahal like never before with a detailed analysis of its architecture and meaning. With over thirty years of experience working on the palaces and gardens of Shah Jahan, including a decade devoted to the Taj Mahal, Ebba Koch provides the first extensive documentation of every building in the complex. Discover the inspiration behind the tomb's design, based on the palace gardens of the imperial family and great nobles, as well as the intricate floral ornamentation that has made it one of the most famous buildings in the world. With stunning photographs and reconstructions, experience the Taj Mahal in the context of its history and its lasting significance.
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 - 1985-09-06 (first published in 1963)
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Discover the fascinating world of Tang dynasty China with this acclaimed work by Edward H. Schafer. Expanding upon the cultural exchange and introduction of foreign objects during this era, this book delves into all aspects of Tang dynasty life, such as animals, plants, food, textiles, and religion. With over 170 categories covered, expect a comprehensive and valuable read that delves into Chinese history and civilization. Beautifully illustrated with 20 black and white images and 24 pages of colorful photos, this is a must-read for anyone interested in Chinese culture and the exchange of ideas throughout history.
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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Explore the context behind the formation of Buddhism in this insightful book. Author Robert DeCaroli delves into the societal and political influences that shaped the beliefs and practices of early Buddhist monks and nuns. Drawing on fieldwork, textual evidence, and iconography, DeCaroli reveals how these individuals incorporated beliefs in minor deities and spirits of the dead into their new faith, revolutionizing their approach to spiritual beings. An important contribution to the understanding of early Indian religion and society, this book is a must-read for those interested in Buddhist studies, Asian history, art history, and anthropology.
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
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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 Body Adorned by VIDYA DEHEJIA
The Corporation That Changed the World by Nick Robins
India Discovered by John Keay