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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Oct 2020 7:47 p.m. PST

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"William Dalrymple's The Anarchy is his fourth book, based on a historical period that he says has always attracted him and yet, according to him, has remained a very under-studied period. "I think people who haven't read my books often assume that I have been writing about the Mughals non-stop for thirty years, but actually it's this transitional period, sometimes called the Twilight, which I call The Anarchy, which is just fascinating, very under-studied and full of colour and interest and surprise," he tells us, as he begins his book tour in India.

What this book fixes on is the fact that India was actually conquered not by a nation state, but far more sinisterly, by a corporation. And, the East India Company was not the British Government. Over the course of the 18th century, it became more closely aligned with the British Government, so that by the early 19th century, it had become a sort of public-private partnership…"
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