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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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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...
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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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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A Study of T'ang Exotics (Chinese Edition)
Edward H. Schafer - 2016-04-20 (first published in 1963)
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@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...
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@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
A History of India on Horseback
Yashaswini Chandra - 2021-01-01
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The Tale of the Horse: A History of India on Horseback...
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@maryanntheresa Try The Tale of the Horse by @Yashaswini_Ch or Akbar by @mukhoty Both fabulous books      source
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Inglorious Empire
What the British Did to India
Shashi Tharoor - 2017-09-01 (first published in 2016)
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Inglorious Empire tells the real story of the British in India — from the arrival of the East India Company to the end of the Raj — and reveals how Britain’s rise was built upon its plunder of India.In the eighteenth century, India’s share of the world economy was as large as Europe’s. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased ...
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@MonsieurBenger @historychappy I think its a very important book nonetheless, and has done more to alter the narrative than whole libraries of dustier and duller books on colonialism. I'm a big fan of the author and his basic argument is not only correct but forcefully, eloquently and stylishly laid out.      source
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Stealing from the Saracens
How Islamic Architecture Shaped Europe
Diana Darke - 2020-11-01
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Against a backdrop of Islamophobia, Europeans are increasingly airbrushing from history their cultural debt to the Muslim world. But this legacy lives on in some of Europe's most recognizable buildings, from Notre-Dame Cathedral to the Houses of Parliament. This beautifully illustrated book reveals the Arab and Islamic roots of Europe's architectur...
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It's a fabulous book!      source
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Crossing the Bay of Bengal
The Furies of Nature and the Fortunes of Migrants
Sunil S. Amrith - 2015-10-05 (first published in 2013)
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For centuries the Bay of Bengal served as a maritime highway between India and China, and as a battleground for European empires, while being shaped by monsoons and human migration. Integrating environmental history and mining a wealth of sources, Sunil S. Amrith offers insights to the many challenges facing Asia in the decades ahead....
William Dalrymple
@ReshmiDG @sanjeevsanyal @JLFLitfest My favourite book on that subject is Crossing the Bay of Bengal by Sunil S Amrith, a young Harvard historian, who we also had @JLFLitfest One of the very best books on Indian history I've read in the last decade- pretty close to a full-out masterpiece. You'd love it.      source
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The Great Mughal
Ira Mukhoty - 2020-04-10
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Abu’l Fath Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar, the third Mughal emperor, is widely regarded as one of the greatest rulers in India’s history. During his reign, the Mughal Empire was one of the wealthiest in the world, and covered much of the Indian subcontinent. Although there are dozens of books on the empire, there are surprisingly few full-length accou...
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@srikramanam How ignorant you are! Can I humbly suggest you spend less time on Twitter and more time reading history? To take three recent books, Supriya Gandhi's Dara Sikoh, @mukhoty Akbar or @UnamPillai 's Rebel Sultans. All very accessible for non-historians. Just try a little learning...      source
The Hidden History of Burma by Thant Myint-U
Rebels sultans by Manu S. Pillai
The Corporation That Changed the World by Nick Robins
India Discovered by John Keay