William Dalrymple's new book entitled "The Anarchy"

#1 Oct 19th, 2014, 19:06
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The Hindu newspaper this weekend has an article which describes William Dalrymple's forthcoming new book entitled "The Anarchy".

A passage through India

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William Dalrymple talks about his next book The Anarchy that traces the rise of the East India Company and why he still treasures the curiosity and surprise of the outsider perspective.
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The book opens amidst the drama of 1739, when the ‘Second Alexander’ Nadir Shah of Persia invades the Mughal empire, captures its ruler Mohammad Shah, plunders Delhi and loots the land of wagons of jewels and gold, all of which is shipped back to Persia. As the empire begins to crumble, the French and British East India companies creep into strength. Chapter two cuts to the Madras of the 1740s, to the rivalry between Robert Clive and Marquis Dupleix that unfolded here, and proceeds to trace the Company’s expansion henceforth.

Chronologically, The Anarchy prequels Dalrymple’s last three works White Mughals, The Last Mughal and Return Of A King, all of which unfold from 1790 and 1850, the relatively “unwritten time” between the fall of the Mughals and the rise of the British. As with Return Of A King, though, The Anarchy finds uncanny relevance in modern times. The Return release of Return Of A King coincided with the period of “regime change” the British foisted on Afghanistan, followed by the recent withdrawal of its forces, an event that Dalrymple notes almost exactly replicates the First Afghan War. “I’m most interested in how history echoes backwards and forwards into modern politics,” he says.
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Yay! William Dalrymple has a new book coming out! Thank you for posting this information, theyyamdancer, this makes me happy.
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You are most welcome, Daisy.
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Good news. Thanks TD for letting us know.

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