A Comprehensive History of Medieval India: Twelfth to the Mid-Eighteenth Century

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Pearson Education India, 2011 - India - 415 pages
Presents a consolidated timeline of medieval India by taking into account the period that marked the end of ancient India, and focusing on the importance of the transitory centuries when Delhi had begun to surface as the new power center, triggering prominent trends in thought and institutions. This book analyzes the nature of social forces, complexity of causation and the interdependence of change and continuity in the light of the crucial transition from ancient to early medieval India, with the emergence of the Delhi Sultanate and the Vijayanagar-Bahmani kingdoms. Proceeding to detail the most effervescent period in Indian history - the era of the great Mughals - the text provides an insight into the ideological-philosophical basis of the times, focusing on the Sufi and Bhakti movements, and culminates with the rise of the Marathas, the advent of European companies, and the eventual establishment of the British in Bengal. keeping in mind that the history of medieval India has not moved in a linear fashion, and that much of the period saw phases of expansion and realignment of political attributes, this book contributes to a deeper understanding of the much misread period of Indian history with a view that takes into account the resultant interface between the political, social, economic, religious and cultural elements and devotes to this crucial period the attention it deserves.
 

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Contents

Saints and Poets of the Bhakti Movement 13thEarly 16th Century
193
Sufi Thought
201
Sufi Orders Shrines and Associated Saints Late llthEarly 16th Century
214
Establishment of Mughal Rule in India
220
Major States of South Asia 152655 ce and the Principal Military
224
Humayun and the Sur Interlude
229
Northern South Asia in the Period of Babur Humayun
231
Akbar the Great
237

Foundation and Consolidation of the Delhi Sultanate
56
The Khiljis
65
TheKhiljis
69
South Asia 1290 ce Onwards in the Time of the Khiljis and
70
TheTughlaqs
77
Maximum Extent of the Delhi Sultanate Under the Khiljis and the Tughlaqs
79
Decline of the Delhi Sultanate
85
Political Disintegration in South Asia and the Major States
86
South Asia in the time of the Lodis and the Major Powers
92
State and Society Under the Delhi Sultans
96
The Kingdom of Vijayanagar
113
A Political Profile of Vijayanagar
114
South India 13901485 ce
120
South India 14851605 ce
126
Contours of the Vijayanagar State
130
The Bahmani Kingdom and the Deccani Sultanates
149
The Bahmani Kingdom Before Disintegration 13901485 ce
156
Administrative SocioEconomic
160
The Bahmani Successor States
170
The Deccani Sultanates 14851605 ce
171
Religious Thought in Medieval India
187
Northern South Asia During the Reign of Akbar 15561605 ce
240
Jahangir and Shah Jahan
250
Aurangzeb
259
Major Hindu States of the Late 17th Century
265
Mughal Administration
268
SocioEconomic and Religious Conditions in Mughal India
279
Literature Architecture and the Allied Arts Under the Mughals
290
Decline of the Mughal Empire
300
Ascent of the Marathas Under Shivaji
314
Rise of the Peshwas
328
Emerging Regional States
339
Advent of the Europeans and
353
Establishment and Consolidation of British Power in Bengal
366
Ideologies and Tools of Colonial Expansion
372
Ideologies and Tools of Colonial Expansion
373
British Confrontation with Native and Neighbouring States
379
Economy and Society
389
Further Readings
399
Index
406
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