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Author Stein, Burton, 1926-1996.

Title Vijayanagara / Burton Stein
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1989
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Cambridge Histories: Vol.5    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (xiv, 156 pages) : illustrations
Series New Cambridge history of India ; I, 2
New Cambridge history of India ; I, 2
Contents The medieval past: continuity and disjunction -- The city and the kingdom -- Political economy and society: the sixteenth century -- Imperial collapse and aftermath: 1542-1700 -- Conclusion
Summary The Vijayanagara rajas ruled a substantial part of the southern peninsula of India for over three hundred years, beginning in the mid-fourteenth century, and during this epoch the region was transformed from its medieval past towards a modern colonial future. Concentrating on the later sixteenth- and seventeenth-century history of Vijayanagara, Burton Stein details the pattern of rule established in this important and long-lived Hindu kingdom, which was followed by other, often smaller, kingdoms of peninsular India until the onset of colonialism. Through an analysis of the politics, society and economy, Stein 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. This work thus presents an understanding of one of the great medieval kingdoms of India, and a more general assessment of the nature of the state, society and culture on the eve of European colonial rule
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject India -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511468709 (ebook ; Cambridge histories online)
1139055615 (ebook)
9780511468704 (ebook ; Cambridge histories online)
9781139055611 (ebook)
9781139055611 (electronic bk.)