The Anarchy

William Dalrymple in conversation with John Zubrzycki

Friday 14 August 2020
4.30PM – 5.30PM

Acclaimed historian William Dalrymple’s energetic retelling of the rise of the East India Company was one of Barack Obama’s favourite books of 2019. It tells the extraordinary history of the company as a forerunner of modern multinationals intertwined with the modern state that was “too big to fail”. Dalrymple and Zubrzycki discuss one of history’s greatest stories and the devastating results from an abuse of corporate power.

Presented by the Museum of Australian Democracy


William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple is the bestselling and multi-award winning author of In Xanadu, City of Djinns, From the Holy Mountain, The Age of Kali, White Mughals, The Last Mughal and Nine Lives. He is a Whitney J Oates Visiting Fellow in Humanities at Princeton University. He lives with his wife and three children on a farm outside Delhi.


John Zubrzycki

Dr John Zubrzycki’s latest book The Empire of Enchantment, traces the evolution of the conjuring traditions of India from the realm of the gods to the domain of daily ritual and popular entertainment. He has a PhD in Indian history and is the author of The Last Nizam: An Indian Prince in the Australian Outback, The Mysterious Mr Jacob: Diamond Merchant, Magician and Spy and The House of Jaipur (forthcoming 2020).