A Social History of the Deccan, 1300-1761
Eight Indian Lives
By (author) Richard Maxwell Eaton
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Social History of the Deccan, 1300-1761 by Richard Maxwell Eaton
Book DescriptionIn this fascinating account of one of the least known parts of South Asia, Eaton recounts the history of the Deccan plateau in southern India from the fourteenth century to the rise of European colonialism. He does so, vividly, through the lives of eight Indians who lived at different times during this period, and who each represented something particular about the Deccan. In the first chapter, for example, the author describes the demise of the regional kingdom through the life of a maharaja. In the second, a Sufi sheikh illustrates Muslim piety and state authority. Other characters include a merchant, a general, a slave, a poet, a bandit and a female pawnbroker. Their stories are woven together into a rich narrative tapestry, which illumines the most important social processes of the Deccan across four centuries. This is a much-needed book by the most highly regarded scholar in the field.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521716277
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 6-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Richard Maxwell Eaton
Sufis of Bijapur, 1300-1700, Paperback (February 2015)
Based on the author's dissertation, University of Wisconsin.
Slavery and South Asian History, Paperback (October 2006)
Despite its pervasive presence in the South Asian past, slavery is overlooked in the region's historiography. This work contributes to a rethinking of slavery in world history. It describes a range of sites and contexts covering more than a thousand years, foregrounding the life stories of individual slaves.
India's Islamic Traditions, 711-1750, Paperback (September 2006)» View all books by Richard Maxwell Eaton
This volume of essays, spanning some twenty-five years of research and writing, focuses on the issues of historiography and Indo-Islamic civilization. The former deals with how historians structure and answer the questions they choose to ask of the past, the latter covers case studies of particular historical communities in India.
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Author Biography - Richard Maxwell Eaton
Richard Eaton is one of the premier scholars of pre-colonial India. His many publications include The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier, 1204-1760 (1993), India's Islamic Traditions, 711-1750 (2003) and Temple Desecration and Muslim States in Medieval India (2004).
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