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Royals and Rebels: The Rise and Fall of the Sikh Empire

 

 | Book Awards 2022 | English Non-fiction

Royals and Rebels: The Rise and Fall of the Sikh Empire

Full Title: Royals and Rebels: The Rise and Fall of the Sikh Empire

Author: Priya Atwal
Publisher: Harper Collins India

Award Category: English Non-fiction
About the Book: 

In late-eighteenth-century India, the glory of the Mughal emperors was fading, and ambitious newcomers seized power, changing the political map forever. Enter the legendary Maharajah Ranjit Singh, whose Sikh Empire stretched throughout northwestern India into Afghanistan and Tibet. Priya Atwal shines fresh light on this long-lost kingdom, looking beyond its founding father to restore the queens and princes to the story of this empire’s spectacular rise and fall. She brings to life a self-made ruling family, inventively fusing Sikh, Mughal and European ideas of power, but eventually succumbing to gendered family politics, as the Sikh Empire fell to its great rival in the new India: the British. Royals and Rebels is a fascinating tale of family, royalty and the fluidity of power, set in a dramatic global era when new stars rose and upstart empires clashed.


About the Author: 

Priya Atwal is a teaching fellow in Modern South Asian History at King's College London, holding a doctorate from the University of Oxford. Her research has been featured in collaborative projects with Historic Royal Palaces, among others; and on BBC radio and television programmes, including BBC4's 'The Stolen Maharajah'.


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