The Rise of the Indo-Afghan Empire: C. 1710-1780
The Rise of the Indo-Afghan Empire, c. 1710-1780 deals with the magnificent world of Afghan nomads, horse-dealers and mercenaries bridging the frontiers between the old metropolitan centres of India, Iran and Central Asia. During the eighteenth century they succeeded in establishing a vigorous new system of Indo-Afghan states.
In Central Asia, the Afghans created an imperial tradition on the basis of long-standing Perso-Islamic ideals. In India, along the caravan routes with Turkistan and Tibet, they carved out thriving principalities in association with military service and the breeding and trade in war-horses. By fully incorporating this Afghan ascendancy into the fabric of Islamic and world history the author challenges the widely held notion of a gloomy Afghan past.
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Chapter One Trade and Empire in Central Asia and India
Chapter Two Durrani Imperialism
Chapter Three Horse Breeding and Trade in India
Chapter Four Afghan Migration and StateFormation
Chapter Five The Rohilla Riydsat
Chapter Six The Construction of Rohilla Tradition
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