Hindu Kingship and Polity in Precolonial India

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Cambridge University Press, 2003 - History - 190 pages
Norbert Peabody analyses changes to the foundations of royal power in the Rajasthani kingdom of Kota during the late precolonial and early colonial eras. He charts these changes in relation to broader socio-economic transformations within the larger royal polity. He concludes that different societies not only establish different co-ordinates of value in their constructions of the past, but also that the very processes of social and political transformation differ from society to society. This is a fascinating and challenging book which promises to become a classic in the field.
 

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Contents

Karmic kingship
15
Kings saints
50
Military fiscalism and the cultural economy of devotion
80
From royal service to maternal devotion during the Jhala
112
Hindu
147
Beyond orientalism
168
Index
186
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About the author (2003)

Norbert Peabody is a Graduate Officer in Research at the Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge.

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