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A History of The Sikhs: Volume I: 1469-1839 (Second Edition)

A History of The Sikhs: Volume I: 1469-1839 (Second Edition)

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Item Code: IDG361

by Khushwant Singh

Paperback (Edition: 2005)

Oxford University Press
ISBN 0195673085

Size: 8.5" X 5.5"
Pages: 410 (B & W Illus: 4, Figure: 4)
Price: $19.00
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About the Book:

First published in 1963, this remains the most comprehensive and authoritative book on the Sikhs. The new edition updated to the present recounts the return of the community to the mainstream of national life. Written in Khushwant Singh's trademark style to be accessible to a general, non-scholarly audience, the book is based on scholarly archival research.

Volume I covers the social, religious, and political background which led to the formation of the Sikh faith in the fifteenth century. Basing his account on original documents in Persian, Gurumukhi, and English, the author traces the growth of Sikhism and tells of the compilation of its sacred scriptures in the Granth Sahib.

The transformation of the Sikhs from a pacifist sect to a militant group called the Khalsa led by Guru Gobind Singh is portrayed in detail, as is the relationship of the Sikhs with the Mughals and the Afghans, until the consolidation of Sikh power under Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

About the Author:

Khushwant Singh is a renowned journalist, the author of several works of fiction, and an authority on Sikh history. A former editor of the Illustrated Weekly of India (1979-80), and the Hindustan Times (1980-83), he was Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1986. He returned his Padma Bhushan, awarded in 1974, in protest against the Union Government's siege of the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Excerpts from Review:

'the indispensable reference point for---an historical and sociological understanding of the Sikh condition...these volumes are a tribute to [the] capacity for both a sympathetic and a balanced rendition of Sikh history.'

-Times of India

'Singh had done a good job of turning dry history into informed reading.'

-Sunday Mail

CONTENTS

Preface to the Second Editionvii
Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsx
PART I. THE PUNJAB AND THE BIRTH OF SIKHISM
1.The Sikh Homeland3
2.Birth of Sikhism16
3.Building of the Sikh Church46
4.The Call to Arms60
5.From the Pacifist Sikh to the Militant Khalsa73
PART II. THE AGRARIAN UPRISING
6.The Rise and Fall of Banda Bahadur97
7.Persecution of the Sikhs and the
Reorganization of the Khalsa Army
115
8.Ahmed Shah Abdali and the Sikhs126
9.From the Indus to the Ganges162
PART III. PUNJAB MONARCHY AND IMPERIALISM
10.Rise of the Sukerchakia Misl179
11.Maharajah of the Punjab188
12.Suzerain of Malwa202
13.British Annexation of Malwa:
Treaty of Lahore, 1809
211
14.Consolidation of the Punjab224
15.Extinction of Afghan Power in Northern India238
16.Europeanization of the Army250
17.Dreams of Sindh and the Sea259
18.Across the Himalayas to Tibet269
PART IV. APPENDICES
Appendix 1 Janamsakhis and Other Sources of
Information on the Life of Guru Nanak
289
Appendix 2 Adi Granth or the Granth Sahib294
Appendix3 Bhai Gurdas299
Appendix 4 Dasam Granth302
Appendix 5 Hymns from the Adi Granth 307
Appendix 6 Treaty of Lahore, 1809362
Appendix 7 Tripartite Treaty of 1838364
Bibliography369
Index381
PLATES
between pages 210 and 211
Guru Nanak and His Companions, Mardana and Bala
Guru Gobind Singh, last of the Sikh gurus
between pages 242 and 243
Ranjit Singh, with his favourite Muslim wife,
Bibi Gulbahar Begam
Harimandir, the Golden Temple of the Sikhs
at Amritsar
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