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Land and Sovereignty in India
Agrarian Society and Politics under the Eighteenth-Century Maratha Svarājya

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  • Date Published: February 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521051804

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  • This original contribution to Indian history, focusing on contemporary and largely indigenous documents, introduces a set of concepts for the analysis of late Mughal rule. More specifically it examines the origins and development of the Maratha svardjya or 'self-rule' within the context of declining Muslim power. It traces the expansion of Maratha dominion to a process of fitna, a policy of 'shifting alliances' which was recurrent in the wake of Muslim expansion throughout its history. The book gives an interesting perspective on Hindu-Muslim relationships in the pre-British period as well as on the nature of the Indo-Muslim state and its most important successor polity, on its capacity for change and development in the intermediate sections of society, the land-tenurial system, the monetization of the economy, and on the fiscal system.

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    • Date Published: February 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521051804
    • length: 440 pages
    • dimensions: 211 x 140 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps and diagrams
    Preface
    List of abbreviations
    Glossary
    Introduction
    Part I. Brahman, King and Emperor:
    1. Sovereignty and universal dominion
    2. Mughal expansion in the Deccan
    3. The Maratha svarājya in the eighteenth century
    4. Conclusion and summary
    Part II. The Co-Sharers of the Realm:
    5. Sovereignty, vested rights and sedition
    6. The king's co-sharers
    7. Patrilineage and coparcenary
    8. Grants of land
    9. The grant of land as act of sovereignty
    Part III. The King's Share:
    10. Land and taxation
    11. The standard assessment
    12. Adjustments of the standard assessment
    13. Tenancy relations
    14. Conclusion
    Part IV. Regulation and Repartition:
    15. The brahman bureaucracy
    16. Repartition and assignment of the king's share
    17. Monetization and the cash-nexus
    18. Revenue farming
    19. Conclusion and summary
    Epilogue
    Key to selections of papers from the records at the East-India House
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    André Wink, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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