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William Dalrymple

White Mughals by William Dalrymple (Hardcover)

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“White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India” is a historical non-fiction book written by William Dalrymple, a well-known British historian, writer, and journalist. The book was first published in 2002 and is a fascinating exploration of the cultural and social interactions between the British colonizers and the Indian elite during the late 18th century in India.

The title “White Mughals” refers to the British officers and officials of the East India Company who, during this period, adopted many aspects of Mughal (Indian Muslim) culture, including clothing, language, and customs, and often formed personal relationships and even marriages with Indian women. Dalrymple delves into the lives of several such individuals, including James Achilles Kirkpatrick, who served as the British Resident in the princely state of Hyderabad.

The book is not only a historical account but also a reflection on the complex and often contradictory cultural and social dynamics that existed during this time. It explores the blending of British and Indian cultures, as well as the challenges and prejudices faced by individuals who chose to live in this “cross-cultural” world.

“White Mughals” is known for its meticulous research and vivid storytelling. It sheds light on the multicultural and cosmopolitan nature of India during the 18th century and the various forces that ultimately led to the hardening of British colonial attitudes towards India. Dalrymple’s work is celebrated for bringing to life a lesser-known aspect of India’s history and for its nuanced portrayal of the people who lived in this complex and fascinating period of history.


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