The Kingdom of Ahmadnagar

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1966 - Ahmadnagar (India) - 440 pages
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This work, based on Persian and non-Persian sources, contemporary and later, is an impartial study of the rise and fall of the Nizam Shahi Kingdom of Ahmadnagar, founded in 1490 A.D., conquered by Shahjahan and annexed to the Mughal empire in 1636 A.D. From the very beginning, Nizam Shahis, struggled against the neighbouring states of the North, the Daccan and the South, the rising power of the Portuguese and then against the expansionist designs of the Mughal Emperors, to preserve the local cultural traditions, political independence and also to maintain balance of power between the imperial power of the North and independent states of the Daccan. In their struggle against the Mughals, they were supported by the Portuguese, and the states of Bijapur and Golkunda, by the Marathas and Abyssinians. For a while they successfully resisted the forward movement of the Mughal forces. A complete account of it has been given. Apart from the political achievements and failures of the Nizam Shahi kings, their cultural contributions and political institutions have been closely examined in proper perspective.
 

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Nicely written, a must read book by people of marathwada, western maharashtra, berar, Konkan and Karnataka

Contents

Chapters Page I Introductory Birth of the Nizam Shahi kingdom
1
Ahmad Nizam Shah Bahri
26
Burhan Nizam Shah I
48
Husain Nizam Shah I
104
Murtaza Nizam Shah I
150
Eclipse of the Kingdom
202
Revival of the Kingdom
239
Extinction of the Nizam Shahi Kingdom
297
The Nizam Shahi Portuguese Relations
332
Political Institutions and Culture
364
Bibliography
403
Index 42140
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