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The Marathas 1600-1818 : The New Cambridge History of India - Stewart Gordon

The Marathas 1600-1818

The New Cambridge History of India

By: Stewart Gordon, Gordon Johnson (Editor), C. A. Bayly (Editor), John F. Richards (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 24th September 1993
ISBN: 9780521268837
Number Of Pages: 220

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In this book, Dr. Stewart Gordon presents the first comprehensive history of the Maratha polity, which was an important regional kingdom in the seventeenth century and the largest political entity of eighteenth century India. He focuses on the origins of the elite families, problems of legitimacy and loyalty, military organization and change, and the development of administration, tax collection and religious patronage. Through the use of a vast array of documents, the author also gives a picture of everyday life in the Maratha polity.

"The Marathas is extremely detailed and covers a great many topics in the two century period it treats. It is written with an eye to the use that various groups with political and cultural agendas have made of the history of Maharashtra. The story The Marathas itself tells is dispassionate, judicious, and absorbing." Rachana Kamtekar, Chicago South Asia Newsletter "As a synthesis of current interpretations and as a comprehensive reference work, Gordon's volume amply fulfills the goals of the New Cambridge History of India series of which it forms a part. Gordon distills a massive array of original and secondary sources into a succinct and readable summary of Maratha history, while at the same time acquainting readers with the main issues in the field. Copious bibliographic references and a glossary provide further assistance to the nonspecialist, as do the nine excellent maps. For the many of us who have yearned to understand something of Maratha history, yet have been too faint of heart to face the enormity of the task given the vast (and often rather dense) literature involved, Gordon has performed a welcome service." Cynthia Talbot, Journal of Asian Studies "...an intelligent and insightful new synthesis on the Marathas and their polity...a brilliant and compelling reading of the Maratha's political and military enterprise." Frank F. Conlon, American Historical Review

List of maps
General editor's preface
Acknowledgements
Glossary
Introduction: historiography and bibliography
The geopolitics of Maharashtra
Marathas and the Deccan sultanates
Shivaji (1630-80) and the Maratha polity
Family responses to invasion (1680-1719)
Baji Rao I's northern expansion (1720-1740)
Conquest to administration (1740-1760)
Centripetal forces (1760-1803)
Epilogue (1803-1818)
Conclusions
Index
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ISBN: 9780521268837
ISBN-10: 0521268834
Series: The New Cambridge History of India
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 24th September 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.5