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Warfare and Weaponry in South Asia 1000-1800

Warfare and Weaponry in South Asia 1000-1800
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Item Code: IDF252
Author: Jos J.L. Gommans, Dirk H.A. Kolff
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Edition: 2003
ISBN: 0195666593
Pages: 403
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.4" X 5.2"
About the Book:

Barring the guts and glory accounts of British imperial historians, the military history of South Asia has rarely attracted the serious attention of scholars. This volume attempts to fill this gap by tracing the impressive developments that occurred in South Asia-often in close interaction with the outside world-in military organization, tactics, and technology. The essays collected here raise some intriguing questions: Did the Sultanate period witness a military revolution? What were the ramifications of the development of artillery and firearms for Mughal warfare? How far were new techniques of warfare devised in the pre-colonial period the result of diffusion from the West rather than local initiative? An authoritative collection of pioneering attempts to highlight the importance of military activity in Indian social and economic history, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of medieval and early modern Indian history, and of military history in particular.

About the Authors:

Jos J.L. Gommans in Lecturer in Indian History, Kern Institute, Leiden University, Holland.

Dirk H.A. Kolff is Professor of Modern Indian History, Kern Institute, Leiden University, Holland.

Excerpts from Review:

'These Dutch historians have displayed rare insight in piecing together the development of military art and practice in South Asia.'

- Business Standard

'...[T]his is a remarkable book. The inclusion of ...long-forgotten essays will encourage upcoming scholars to address the interconnections between war, society and the evolution of the polity in a newer and more meaningful way.'

- The Telegraph

CONTENTS

Acknowledgementsvii
Series Prefaceix
Introduction
Jos J.L. Gommans and Dirk H.A. Kolff

1
I
Conquest and Society
1.The Urban Revolution in Northern India
M. Habib
45
2.Chivalry and Warfare
B.N.S. Yadava
66
3.Sovereignty and Universal Dominion in South Asia
Andre Wink

99
II
Military Labour Market
4.The Art of War under the Nayakas
V. Narayana Rao, David Shulman and
Sanjay Subrahmanyam
133
5.The Army of the Ghaznavids
C.E. Bosworth
153
6.Armed Religious Ascetics in Northern India
W.G. Orr
185
7.The Polity and the Peasantry
Dirk H.A. Kolff
202
8.Organization of the Nobility:
Mansab, Pay, Conditions of Service
M. Athar Ali
232
9.The Makings of Company Power:
James Skinner in the Ceded and
Conqureed Provinces, 1802-1840
Seema Alavi

275
III
Military Revolutions
10.The Problem of the Military Ascendancy of the Dehli Sultanate
Simon Digby
311
11.Early Use of Cannon and Musket in India:
AD 1442-1526
Iqtidar Alam Khan
321
12.The Process of Expansion
Douglas Streusand
337
13.Indian Warfare and Afghan Innovation
During the Eighteenth Century
Jos J.L. Gommans
365
Bibliography387

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