Hindu Kingship and Polity in Precolonial India
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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