Jahangir was the fourth of the six “Great Mughals,” the oldest son of Akbar the Great, who extended the Mughal Empire across the Indian Subcontinent, and the father of Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal. Although an alcoholic and opium addict, his reputation marred by rebellion against his father, once enthroned the Emperor Jahangir proved to be an adept politician. He was also a thoughtful and reflective memoirist and a generous patron of the arts, responsible for an innovative golden age in Mughal painting.
Through a close study of the seventeenth century Mughal court chronicles, The Emperor Jahangir sheds new light on this remarkable historical figure, exploring Jahangir’s struggle for power and defense of kingship, his addictions and insecurities, his relationship with his favourite wife, the Empress Nur Jahan, and with his sons, whose own failed rebellions bookended his reign.
AUTHOR: LISA BALABANLILAR ISBN: 9780755640553 Publisher: BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING Subtitle: POWER AND KINGSHIP IN MUGHAL INDIA Author: LISA BALABANLILAR
In August 1765 the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and forced him to establish a new administration in his richest provinces. Run by English merchants who collected taxes using a ruthless private army, this new regime saw the East India Company transform itself from an international trading corporation into something much more unusual: an aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multinational business.
William Dalrymple tells the remarkable story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power.
Author: William Dalrymple
ISBN: 9781408864395 ISBN: 9781408864395 Publisher: BLOOMSBURY Subtitle: THE RELENTLESS RISE OF THE EAST INDIA COMPANY Author: WILLIAM DALRYMPLE
The famous British philosopher and historian, R.G. Collingwood, suggested that a historian must ‘reconstruct’ history by using ‘historical imagination’ to ‘re-enact’ the thought processes of historical persons based on information and evidence from historical sources. That is what the authors of the present book have tried to do. The events of 1971 that resulted in the breakup of Pakistan are a milestone in Pakistan’s history. To retrieve what happened and why it happened is an exercise that so far has been avoided or left at best incomplete. The book based on published and unpublished memories of activists of 1971 attempts to give a critical assessment of the events and spell out lessons that have to be learnt.
AUTHOR: IKRAM SEHGAL BETTINA ROBOTKA
ISBN: 9780190702274 ISBN: 9780190702274 Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS Subtitle: EAST PAKISTAN 1971: History Revisited Author: IKRAM SEHGAL BETTINA ROBOTKA
Aurangzeb Alamgir (r. 1658-1707), the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today. Hindu hater, murderer and religious zealot are just a handful of the modern caricatures of this maligned ruler. While many continue to accept the storyline peddled by colonial-era thinkers-that Aurangzeb, a Muslim, was a Hindu-loathing bigot-there is an untold side to him as a man who strove to be a just, worthy Indian king.
In this bold and captivating biography, Audrey Truschke enters the public debate with a fresh look at the controversial Mughal emperor.
AUTHOR: AUDREY TRUSCHKE ISBN: 9780143442714 Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS Subtitle: THE MAN AND THE MYTH Author: AUDREY TRUSCHKE
The Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller on India’s experience of British colonialism, by the internationally-acclaimed author and diplomat Shashi Tharoor Tharoor s impassioned polemic slices straight to the heart of the darkness that drives all empires … laying bare the grim, and high, cost of the British Empire for its former subjects. An essential read Financial Times 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 six-fold. The Empire blew rebels from cannon, massacred unarmed protesters, entrenched institutionalised racism, and caused millions to die from starvation. British imperialism justified itself as enlightened despotism for the benefit of the governed, but Shashi Tharoor takes demolishes this position, demonstrating how every supposed imperial gift – from the railways to the rule of law – was designed in Britain s interests alone. He goes on to show how Britain’s Industrial Revolution was founded on India s deindustrialisation, and the destruction of its textile industry. In this bold and incisive reassessment of colonialism, Tharoor exposes to devastating effect the inglorious reality of Britain s stained Indian legacy.
Author: SHASHI THAROOR
ISBN: 9781802061765 ISBN: 9781802061765 Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS Subtitle: WHAT THE BRITISH DID TO INDIA Author: SHASHI THAROOR
On a dark evening in November 1862, a cheap coffin is buried in eerie silence. There are no lamentations or panegyrics, for the British Commissioner in charge has insisted, ‘No vesting will remain to distinguish where the last of the Great Mughals rests.’ This Mughal is Bahadur Shah Zafar II, one of the most tolerant and likeable of his remarkable dynasty who found himself leader of a violent and doomed uprising. The Siege of Delhi was the Raj’s Stalingrad, the end of both Mughal power and a remarkable culture.
He was the most feared Indian of his time. But to his subjects he was a strong and just king and to his family, a loving son and father. From his daring military exploits to his practice of recording his dreams, this book brings the controversial Tipu Sultan vividly to life.
AUTHOR: KATE BRITTLEBANK ISBN: 9781905837878 Publisher: CLARITAS BOOKS Subtitle: THE LIFE OF TIPU SULTAN Author: KATE BRITTLEBANK