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British Academy Book Prize 2023

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  • India-born author Nandini Das wins the 2023 British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding for her book ‘Courting India: England, Mughal India and the Origins of Empire’.

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About the Book

  • Depiction: True origin story of Britain and India during England’s first diplomatic mission to the Mughal courts.
  • Focus: Arrival of the first English ambassador in India, Sir Thomas Roe, in the early 17th century.
  • Unique approach: Uses sources from both Indian and British figures, capturing the early encounters and the associated misunderstandings.
  • Main Themes: Emergence of mutual understanding despite challenges; contrast between Britain and the Mughal Empire.


British Academy Book Prize Details

  • Formerly known as Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize.
  • Established in 2013.

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