Bestselling historian and author William Dalrymple’s latest book The Anarchy, based on the rise of the East India Company, will release on September 10 2019, publisher Bloomsbury announced on Tuesday.
Calling it his “most ambitious and riveting book to date”, Bloomsbury revealed that the book tells “how one of the world’s most magnificent empires of the Mughals, disintegrated and was replaced by a dangerously unregulated private company”.
Dalrymple, who has written award-winning books like White Mughals and The Last Mughal, has shared three different covers of the book for the UK, the US and India, on his Twitter handle.
The award-winning author is the co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) along with Namita Gokhale.
About the East India Company, which the publisher touts as the “first global corporate power”, it recounted that the company became an aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multi-national business.
“In less than half a century it had trained up a private security force of around 260,000 men – twice the size of the British Army – and had subdued an entire subcontinent, conquering first Bengal and finally, in 1803, the Mughal capital of Delhi itself,” the publisher said.
The book is available for pre-order on e-commerce sites.