The Marathas 1600-1818, Part 2, Volume 4

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 16, 1993 - History - 202 pages
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In this book, Dr Stewart Gordon presents a comprehensive history of one of the most colourful and least-understood kingdoms of India: the Maratha Empire. The empire was founded by Shivaji in the mid-seventeenth century, spread across most of India during the following century, and was conquered by the British in the nineteenth century. Using administrative documents of the Maratha polity, family papers and Histories of the Empire, Stewart Gordon explores the origin of the Marathas, their emergence as elite families, patterns of loyalty and strategies for maintaining legitimacy. He traces how the armies developed into European-style infantry and artillery and assesses the economics that funded the polity, especially taxation and credit. Finally the author considers the lasting effects the empire had on administrations, law and trade patterns of Central India, Gujarat and Maharashtra.
 

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Contents

Political and military situation of the northern Deccan
1
The geopolitics of Maharashtra
10
Marathas and the Deccan sultanates
37
The Karnatak region
48
Shivaji 163080 and the Maratha polity
59
Main roads and forts of the Pune region c 1660
72
Family responses to invasion 16801719
91
Aurangzebs campaign against the Maratha hill forts 170007
102
Baji Rao Is northern expansion 17201740
114
Burhanpur Khandesh and Malwa c 1750
126
Conquest to administration 17401760
132
Centripetal forces 17601803
154
India in 1798
170
Index
196
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About the author (1993)

Stewart Gordon is a Research Scientist at the Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies Center, University of Michigan.