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Marathas, marauders, and state formation in eighteenth-century India /
Stewart Gordon.
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Delhi : Oxford University Press, 1998.
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xi, 223 p. : maps ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0195647483
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Delhi : Oxford University Press, 1998.
isbn
0195647483
catalogue key
7019698
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [209]-211) and index.
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"[T]his book reflects some of the best work about this region during its period."--Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"[T]his book reflects some of the best work about this region during its period."-- Journal of Interdisciplinary History
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This set of historical essays challenges many cherished assumptions about the century between the Mughal empire and the British colonial period. Based mainly on archival material in old Marathi, a language inaccessible to most scholars, Stewart Gordon examines the caste system in eighteenth-century India by reconsidering castes as open groups defining themselves through processes of power and military service, not as closed groups reinforced by marriage and ideas of ritual purity.
Long Description
This set of historical essays challenges many widely believed and accepted ideas about the century between the Mughal empire and the British colonial period - the question of the existence of a 'thugi' group; 'chaos and anarchy' prevailing in the 18th century; the characterization of India's pre-colonial villages as isolated, static and non-monetized; and 'castes' as closed groups reinforced by marriage and ideas of ritual purity.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Scarf and Sword: Thugs, Marauders, and State-formation in Eighteenth-Century Malwap. 1
The Slow Conquest: Administrative Integration of Malwa into the Maratha Empire, 1720-60p. 23
Legitimacy and Loyalty in Some Successor States of the Eighteenth Centuryp. 64
Forts and Social Control in the Maratha Statep. 82
Recovery from Adversity in Eighteenth-Century India: Re-thinking 'Villages', 'Peasants', and Politics in Pre-modern Kingdomsp. 99
Kinship and Pargana in Eighteenth-Century Khandeshp. 122
Bhils and the Idea of a Criminal Tribe in Nineteenth-Century Indiap. 151
Burhanpur: Entrepot and Hinterland, 1650-1750p. 163
Zones of Military Entrepreneurship in India, 1500-1700p. 182
Referencesp. 209
Glossaryp. 212
Indexp. 217
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