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The New Cambridge History of India: Vijayanagara
     

The New Cambridge History of India: Vijayanagara

by Christopher Alan Bayly, Stein Burton, Burton Stein
 

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ISBN-10: 0521619254

ISBN-13: 9780521619257

Pub. Date: 12/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Vijayanagara rajas ruled a substantial part of the southern peninsula of India for over three hundred years, beginning in the mid-fourteenth century. During this epoch the region was transformed from its medieval past toward a modern colonial future. Concentrating on the later sixteenth- and seventeenth-century history of Vijayanagara, this book details the

Overview

The Vijayanagara rajas ruled a substantial part of the southern peninsula of India for over three hundred years, beginning in the mid-fourteenth century. During this epoch the region was transformed from its medieval past toward a modern colonial future. Concentrating on the later sixteenth- and seventeenth-century history of Vijayanagara, this book details the pattern of rule established in this important and long-lived Hindu kingdom that was followed by other, often smaller kingdoms of peninsular India until the onset of colonialism. Through an analysis of the politics, society, and economy of Vijayanagara, the author addresses the central question of the extent to which Vijayanagara, as a medieval Hindu kingdom, can be viewed as a prototype of the polities and societies confronted by the British in the late eighteenth century. The book thus presents an understanding and appreciation of one of the great medieval kingdoms of India as well as a more general assessment of the nature of the state, society, and culture on the eve of European colonial rule.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521619257
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Series:
New Cambridge History of India Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; General editor's preface; Preface maps; 1. Introduction; 2. The medieval past: continuity and disjunction; 3. The city and the kingdom; 4. Political economy and society: the sixteenth century; 5. Imperial collapse and aftermath: 1542-1700; 6. Conclusion; Bibliographical essay; Index.

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