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The New Cambridge History of India : A Social History of the Deccan, 1300-1761: Eight Indian Lives - Richard Maxwell Eaton

The New Cambridge History of India

A Social History of the Deccan, 1300-1761: Eight Indian Lives


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In this fascinating account of one of the least known parts of South Asia, Richard Eaton recounts the history of the Deccan plateau in southern India from the fourteenth century to the rise of European colonialism. He does so, vividly, through the lives of eight Indians who lived at different times during this period, and who each represented something particular about the Deccan. In the first chapter, for example, the author describes the demise of the regional kingdom through the life of a maharaja. In the second, a Sufi sheikh illustrates Muslim piety and state authority. Other characters include a merchant, a general, a slave, a poet, a bandit and a female pawnbroker. Their stories are woven together into a rich narrative tapestry, which illumines the most important social processes of the Deccan across four centuries. This is a much-needed book by the most highly regarded scholar in the field.

'Richard Eaton has again magisterially pushed back the boundaries of history writing on pre-colonial South Asia. Eight Indian Lives, inspired in part by Vermeer's 'finely crafted portraits with their distinctive play of light' (p. 2) follows the fortunes of eight key figures in the history of the Deccan, moving seamlessly from meticulously constructed accounts of their lives to the political, linguistic and physical landscapes they inhabited.' Samira Sheikh, Indian Economic and Social History Review 'Eaton elegantly vindicates his decision to chronicle social history through the lives of extraordinary people.' Michael Neale, Asian Affairs 'In Social History of the Deccan Eaton demonstrates once more that he is a great master of locale and epoch. Through the use of eight individuals' lives from the 14th to the 18th centuries, Eaton magnificently articulates the main social, political, religious and economic issues of the time. He has an uncanny sense of why a development arises when it does, where it does and what its great importance is. Here he returns to the Deccan, where he had his first great insights into the function of Sufism and its relation to politics.' Eugene F. Irschick, University of California, Berkeley 'This book is a masterful achievement, as Richard Eaton focuses each chapter on the social history of Deccan on a single person, using that person's life to develop his themes and illustrate the times. His well-chosen subjects range widely; my favorite is the Maratha heroine Tarabai, who is brought vividly to life and demonstrates not only her own power but the dominance of Chitpavan Brahmans in the expanding Maratha empire, still Indo-Muslim in culture in the 18th century. Full biographies were seldom possible, given the sources for his time period, but Eaton's strategy succeeds in making the social history of the Deccan accessible and exciting.' Karen Leonard, Anthropology, University of California, Irvine 'In this account of one of the least-known parts of South Asia, Eaton recounts the history of the Deccan plateau in southern India from the 14th century to the rise of European colonialism.' Times Higher Education

List of color platesp. ix
List of mapsp. x
Genealogical tablesp. xi
List of tablesp. xii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Pratapa Rudra (r. 1289-1323): the demise of the regional kingdomp. 9
Muhammad Gisu Daraz (1321-1422): Muslim piety and state authorityp. 33
Mahmud Gawan (1411-1481): Deccanis and Westernersp. 59
Rama Raya (1484-1565): elite mobility in a Persianized worldp. 78
Malik Ambar (1548-1626): the rise and fall of military slaveryp. 105
Tukaram (1608-1649): non-Brahmin religious movementsp. 129
Papadu (fl. 1695-1710): social banditry in Mughal Telanganap. 155
Tarabai (1675-1761): the rise of Brahmins in politicsp. 177
Select bibliographyp. 203
Indexp. 210
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ISBN: 9780521254847
ISBN-10: 0521254841
Series: The New Cambridge History of India
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 30th May 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.4  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.57