The Last Sunset - The Rise and Fall of the Lahore Durbar
By Amarinder Singh
Printed in 2010, this is the first edition of the paperback published by Roli Books, Pvt Ltd. It is a soft cover book of 348 pages in new condition. Size: 8.5" x 5.5"
Once again Amarinder Singh brings us a factual book that is based on military tactics and order of battle that recreates the history of the Sikh empire and its unforgettable ruler, Maharaja Ranjit Singh. He portrays Maharaja Ranjit Singh as an outstanding military commander who created the Sikh Khalsa army, organized and armed it in Western style and was acknowledged as the best in India in the nineteenth century. Ranjit Singh`s death in 1839 and the subsequent decline of the Lahore Durbar, gave the British the opportunity to stake their claim in the region.
Amarinder Singh chronicles in detail the two Anglo-Sikh wars of 1845 and 1848. The battles, high in casualties on both the sides led to the fall of the Khalsa, and the state was finally annexed with Maharaja Duleep Singh, the youngest son of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, put under the protection of the Crown and deported to England.
Amarinder Singh's engaging writing brings history to life. I seldom refer to history books as "page turners", but this one is! Truly, our history during this period is stranger and more fantastic than most science-fiction thrillers. This could be the best book in print on the Anglo-Sikh wars.