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1A_musing
Edited: Jun 14, 2007, 11:41am

I am reading (and enjoying) William Dalrymple's The last Mughal: the fall of a dynasty: Delhi, 1857 - any other good books to recommend about the Mughals, British colonialism in the subcontinent, or related subjects?

2rebeccanyc
Jun 14, 2007, 11:46am

Fiction, not history, but try The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell and The Raj Quartet by Paul Scott.

3Romanus
Jun 14, 2007, 1:42pm

For an engrossing history of the British empire, with important sections dedicated to India, but not excessively academic, try Jan Morris' Pax Britannica trilogy.

For a simple introduction to Mughal India, try Bamber Gascoigne's The Great Moghuls.

For a view of life in Mughal India through English eyes, try Lady Emily Bayley's memoirs, The Golden Calm.

4marieke54
Jun 22, 2008, 8:28am

Recently I came across Indian Summer: the secret history of the end of an empire by Alex von Tunzelmann.
It is about the independence and partition of Pakistan and India, and more specific about the political intrigue between the Mountbattens, Nehru, Gandhi and Jinnah.
Procopius and Tart spring to ones mind…
I haven't read it yet.

5marieke54
Edited: Jun 22, 2008, 9:33am

>>1 A_musing:
William Dalrymple made the selection and wrote the introduction for Begums, Thugs and Englishmen: The Journals of Fanny Parkes. That lady lived in India between 1822 and 1846 and was a keen observer of everything around her.

She had two more famous contemporaries: Fanny Eden and her sister Emily Eden, who as the Governor General Lord Auckland’s sister was the First Lady of British India.
Fanny Eden wrote Tigers, Durbars and Kings and Emily Up the Country, the latter has according to Dalrymple long been regarded as one of the great classics of British imperial literature.

Yet Fanny Parkes is preferable, states Dalrymple: “While the Eden’s are witty and intelligent, but waspish, haughty and conceited, Parkes is an enthusiast and an eccentric with a burning love of India that imprints itself on almost every page of her book.”