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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 560 Seiten
  • Verlag: Knopf (27. März 2007)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1400043107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400043101
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,9 x 4,6 x 24,2 cm
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“The book makes clear the dangers of colonial powers’ inattentiveness to the dissatisfactions of those they rule, and the human costs of answering one atrocity with another.”
The New Yorker

“A compulsively readable masterpiece . . . In his wonderful new book, The Last Mughal, William Dalrymple has not just revised forever the old British story; he has matched it with an equally full account from the Indian side. His book, without any sign of strain or artificial connections, deals with a historical tragedy on several very different levels . . . It is a detailed and intensely human history of a desperate and brutal campaign. And it is, in the best sense of the word, a thriller in which all the characters inexorably interact to produce a dreadful denouement. Dalrymple’s passion for his subject and his skill and elegance as a writer create an intimate picture of the lives of the people who participated in the events of 1857 . . . Every chapter of The Last Mughal has historical echoes that are still desperately relevant today.”
–Brian Urquhart, New York Review of Books

“Dalrymple has written a riveting and poignant account of the events of 1857 in Delhi . . . Historians have largely ignored Delhi’s experience of the cataclysm [but] Dalrymple sets out to correct this neglect. Writing with obvious affection for Delhi and appreciation for Mughal culture, he shows that the experience of the rebellion in the city was quite distinct . . . Deeply researched and beautifully written.”
–Gyan Prakash, The Nation

“[A] rich narrative . . . From fruit sellers to courtesans, the story of the last days of the Mughal empire comes alive . . . Thanks to Dalrymple, we can now get a peek into the last moments of a beguiling era.”
–Vikram Johri, St. Petersburg Times

“While Zafar is the title character of The Last Mughal, his life is just the thread along which Dalrymple continues to explore a theme that has fascinated him for two decades: the utter collapse of relations between the British and the inhabitants of their Indian dominions . . . Dalrymple excels at bringing grand historical events within contemporary understanding by documenting the way people went about their lives amidst the maelstrom. His coup in researching was his uncovering some 20,000 personal Persian and Urdu papers written by Delhi residents who survived the uprising.”
–Tobin Harshaw, New York Times Book Review

“It seems almost unfair for a book with such a fine sense of plot, physicality, and even humor to contain primary research as well . . . [This is] serious scholarship, still blessed by Dalrymple’s gift for finding eye-catching transitions, strong characters, and a knack for turning tracts of historical documentation into a roaring good story . . . He brings to light invaluable material . . . Anyone reading The Last Mughal today, especially readers with no prior interest in the Mughals or the Mutiny, will find much to ponder in relation to America’s ongoing adventures in the same neighborhood . . . [An] excellent history.”
–Alex Travelli, New York Sun

“Dalrymple’s account is an original, important contribution to the controversies of 1857, for it draws on an archive that Darlymple reports has been ‘virtually unused’ by historians . . . His riveting narrative will engross readers.”
–Gilbert Taylor, Booklist

“In time for the 150th anniversary of the Great Mutiny, the uprising that came close to toppling British rule in India, Dalrymple presents a brilliant, evocative exploration of a doomed world and its final emperor, Bahadur Shah II . . . [Dalrymple] has been immeasurably aided by his discovery of a colossal trove of documents in Indian national archives in Delhi and elsewhere. Thanks to them Dalrymple can vividly recreate, virtually at street level, the life and death of one of the most glorious and progressive empires ever seen. That the rebels fatefully raised the flag of jihad and dubbed themselves ‘mujahedin’ only adds to the mutiny’s contemporary relevance.”
Publishers Weekly (starred)

Reviews from abroad:

“[Dalrymple] builds an urban narrative [of Delhi] as evocative as Richard Cobb’s depiction of Revolutionary Paris . . . There is so much to admire in this book–the depth of historical research, the finely evocative writing, the extraordinary rapport with the cultural world of late Mughal India. It is also in many ways a remarkably humane and egalitarian history . . . This is a splendid work of empathetic scholarship. As the 150th anniversary of the uprising dawns there will be many attempts to revisit these bloody, chaotic, cataclysmic events; but few reinterpretations of 1857 will be as bold, as insightful, or as challenging as this.”
–David Arnold, Times Literary Supplement

“Brilliantly nuanced . . . Dalrymple has here written an account of the Indian mutiny such as we have never had before, of the events leading up to it and of its aftermath, seen through the prism of the last emperor’s life. He has vividly described the street life of the Mughal capital in the days before the catastrophe happened, he has put his finger deftly on every crucial point in the story, which earlier historians have sometimes missed, and he has supplied some of the most informative footnotes I have ever read. On top of that, he has splendidly conveyed the sheer joy of researching a piece of history, something every true historian knows . . . I had thought that Dalrymple would never surpass his performance in writing From the Holy Mountain, but The Last Mughal has caused me to think again.
–Geoffrey Moorhouse, The Guardian

“A riveting account . . . It is neither wholly a biography of Zafar, nor solely the story of the siege and capture of Delhi. Instead Mr. Dalrymple charts the course of the uprising and the siege, weaving into his story the unfolding tragedy of Zafar’s last months. The animating spirit of the book is Delhi itself . . . It is here that the originality of [Dalrymple’s] new book lies.”
The Economist

“[The Last Mughal] shows the way history should be written: not as a catalogue of dry-as-dust kings, battles and treaties but to bring the past to the present, put life back in characters long dead and gone and make the reader feel he is living among them, sharing their joys, sorrows and apprehensions . . . Dalrymple’s book rouses deep emotions. It will bring tears to the eyes of every Dilliwala, among whom I count myself.
–Khushwant Singh, Outlook India

“Dalrymple brings out the poignancy and pathology of a Mughal Lear with the ease and élan of a master storyteller . . . In The Last Mughal, history is human drama at its elemental best . . . History ceases to be a dead abstraction on his pages. And the lost Delhi becomes an enduring enchantment.”
–S. Prasannarajan, India Today

“Dalrymple narrates the story of Delhi’s capture and fall with a rare humanity, a zest that is infectious, and in a prose that is handsome, sure-footed and flowing with breezy purpose. Few writers understand as well as Dalrymple that the function of history is not merely to inform but also to engage and entertain . . . The book provides a fascinating account of the last days of Mughal Delhi . . . These personal stories add up in some incalculable way to provide a picture of Mughal Delhi that is intimate and meaningful . . . When the British defeat [Zafar] and strip him of his kingship, they do more than just end the Mughal dynasty; they destroy a form of Indo-Islamic civilisation. In many ways, this splendid book is a stirring lament for this loss.”
–Mukund Padmanabhan, The Hindu

“Dalrymple recaptures the dying moments of Mughal glory with the sensitivity and scholarly flair of a master storyteller . . . It is difficult to read some sections with dry eyes . . .What sets The Last Mughal apart from other accounts of Mughal history, particularly Mughal Delhi, is a sketch of a colourful, vibrant city seen from the eyes of the trader, the hakim, the dancing girl, Ghalib, and of course the British administrators . . . Zafar’s character is sketched with honesty, without making him out to be demon or the saint some accounts attempt to do . . . But ultimately it is the creation of another authentic source on Mughal history for which Dalrymple deserves the utmost praise. Whether it is description of palace life with all the intrigues and counter-intrigues between Zafar’s wives, the clash of Muslim ideology with the new Christian values, or the massacre of the British men, women and children, the looting and violence that took place in Delhi during the mutiny, all these events come alive in Dalrymple’s narrative . . . But the lasting image The Last Mughal leaves is that of the sunset of a great empire.”
–Rasheeda Bhagat, The Hindu Business Line

“What Edward Gibbon was to ancient Rome, William Dalrymple will be to the magnificent Mughals.”
–David Robinson, The Scotsman

“The story of the Indian Mutiny has been told many times in many ways. Few have managed to evoke as well as William Dalrymple what life was like on both sides of the divide. Dalrymple’s narrative is artfully divided between descriptions of the besieged court ensconced at the Red Fort and the harried forces of the British gathered on the ridge. Thanks to an understanding of India gained during a 20-year familiarity with Delhi, and an indefatigable pursuit of primary sources, Dalrymple has produced a finely balanced account of the greatest armed challenge faced by any European power during the 19th cent...


At 4pm on a dark, wet winter's evening in November 1862, a cheap plywood coffin was buried to the eerie sound of silence: no lamentations, no panegyrics, for as the British Commissioner in charge of the funeral insisted, 'No vesting will remain to distinguish where the last of the Great Moghuls rests.' The last of the Great Mughals was Bahadur Shah Zafar II: one of the most talented, tolerant and likeable of his remarkable dynasty, he found himself in the position of leader of a violent uprising he knew from the start would lead to irreparable carnage. Zafar's frantic efforts to unite his disparate and mutually suspicious forces proved tragically futile: the Siege of Delhi was the Raj's Stalingrad, and Mughal Delhi was left an empty ruin, haunted by battered remnants of a past that was being rapidly and brutally overwritten. "The Last Mughal" charts the desecration and demise of a man, his dynasty, his city and civilizations mercilessly ravished by fractured forces and vengeful British troops.

William Dalrymple unearths groundbreaking new material to create the first English account of the life of the last Emperor, and the first narrative of the Mutiny to contain large quantities of material from the Indian perspective. "The Last Mughal" rapidly changes our understanding of a pivotal moment in Indian and Imperial history. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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In diesem Buch erhält man einen ausgezeichneten Einblick in das Hofleben der Mogulenherrschaft im 19. Jh. in Indien, vor allem in Delhi. Gleichzeitig erfährt man auch viel über die englischen Kolonialherren und die wachsende Entfremdung zwischen ihnen und den Einheimischen bis zum Bruch.
Das Buch unbedingt lesen, bevor man nach Delhi geht.
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Sehr detailliert und mit extrem viel Information ,für einen Historikerlaien teiweise leicht überfordernde
Literatur,insgesamt ein neuer Blickwinkel auf die Kolonialmacht GB und die Wurzeln der Spaltung Indiens
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I havent yet finished this book, as it is rather tedious, so maybe it's unfair to review it. I shall perservere, however and will rewrite this review if the book improves. Certainly, it is heavy going in comparison to a biography I bought via Kindle on Henry Stanley. That was exciting from beginning to end.
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Ich habe dieses Buch von A bis Z gelesen. Das ist eine sehr gute Informationsquelle über die Grausamkeit der Engländer als Kolonialherren in (islamischen)Indien. Sie haben zum Schluß den Mughal König Bahur Shah Zafar gedemütigt (z.B. in 1857). Er wurde am Ende seines Lebens nach Rangoon geschoben und bekam eine Monatsrente von 5 Rupees (4 - 5 USD). Der Herr des Hauses und der letzte König, starb wie ein Bettler im Ausland. Der Auto hat das Buch aus den urspünglich Urdu- und Perischen Quellen aus der Delhi Archive zusammenstellt. Viele Hindus sind heute gegen das Mughal Empire, aber diese Leute lesen keine richtige Bücher. Es gibt heute viele rechtsradikale Hindus.
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