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Author Gordon, Stewart, 1945-

Title The Marathas, 1600-1818 / Stewart Gordon
Published Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 202 pages) : maps
Series New Cambridge history of India ; II, 4
New Cambridge history of India ; II, 4
Contents Glossary -- Introduction: historiography and bibliography -- The geopolitics of Maharashtra -- Marathas and the Deccan sultanates -- Shivaji (1630-80) and the Maratha polity -- Family responses to invasion (1680-1719) -- Baji Rao I's northern expansion (1720-1740) -- Conquest to administration (1740-1760) -- Centripetal forces (1760-1803) -- Epilogue (1803-1818) -- Conclusion
Summary Presents a comprehensive history of one of the most colorful and least-understood kingdoms of India: the Maratha Empire. The empire was founded by Shivaji in the mid-seventeenth century, spread across most of India during the following century, and was conquered by the British in the nineteenth century. Using administrative documents of the Maratha polity, family papers and Histories of the Empire, Stewart Gordon explores the origin of the Marathas, their emergence as elite families, patterns of loyalty and strategies for maintaining legitimacy. He traces how the armies developed into European-style infantry and artillery and assesses the economics that funded the polity, especially taxation and credit. Finally the author considers the lasting effects the empire had on administrations, law and trade patterns of Central India, Gujarat and Maharashtra
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Maratha (Indic people) -- History.
India -- History -- 1526-1765.
India -- History -- 18th century.
India -- History -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 92016525
ISBN 0511468741 (ebook ; Cambridge histories online)
1139055666 (ebook)
9780511468742 (ebook ; Cambridge histories online)
9781139055666 (ebook)
9781139055666 (electronic bk.)