Hindu Kingship and Polity in Precolonial India

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Overview

Norbert Peabody analyzes changes to the foundations of royal power in the Rajasthani kingdom of Kota during the late precolonial and early colonial eras. Peabody 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.
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"A finely tuned study...[it] will be of great importance to all scholars of South Asia." Religious Studies Review

"...expressly designed....brilliantly elaborates the complex entangles between the Rajput rulers of Kota and the devotional (bhakti) sect of the Vallabha Sampraday..."

--Robert Travers, Cornell University

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Meet the Author

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

1. The King is dead, long live the King!: or Karmic Kin(g)ship in Kota; 2. In whose turban does the Lord reside?: Kings, Saints, and merchants in Western India; 3. Military fiscalism and the cultural economy of devotion in eighteenth century Rajasthan; 4. From 'Royal Service' to 'maternal devotion' during the Jhala Regency: local politics at the end of the Old Regime; 5. An incidental history of a supplementary article: Hindu Kin(g)ship and early Colonial rule.
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