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Expanding Frontiers in South Asian and World History
Essays in Honour of John F. Richards

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Gordon Johnson, David Gilmartin, Munis D. Faruqui, Sunil Kumar, Stephen F. Dale, Claude Markovits, George Bryan Souza, Muzaffar Alam, Velcheru Narayana Rao, Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Cynthia Talbot, Peter C. Perdue, Sumit Guha, Richard M. Eaton, Patrick Manning, Carl A. Trocki
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  • Date Published: March 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107034280

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  • This book has brought together some of the foremost scholars of South Asian and Global History, who were colleagues and associates of Professor John F. Richards to discuss themes that marked his work as a historian in an academic career of almost forty years. It encapsulates discussions under the rubric of 'frontiers' in multiple contexts. Frontier has often been conceived as a space of transformation marking new forms of economic organization, commodity trade, land settlement and state authority. The essays here underline the range of interests and approaches that marked Professor Richards' illustrious career – frontiers and state building; frontiers and environmental change; cultural frontiers; frontiers, trade and drugs; and frontiers and world history. The volume discusses issues from medieval to early modern South Asian history. It also reflects a concern for large-scale global processes and for the detailed specificities of each historical case as evident in Professor Richards' work.

    • Includes articles by academics of South Asian and global history
    • Discusses 'frontiers' in history in medieval and early modern world
    • Examines issues from medieval to early modern South Asian history
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    • Date Published: March 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107034280
    • length: 377 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 164 x 31 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Foreword Gordon Johnson
    Introduction David Gilmartin
    1. At empire's end: the Nizam, Hyderabad and eighteenth-century India Munis D. Faruqui
    2. The ignored elites: Turks, Mongols and a Persian secretarial class in the early Delhi sultanate Sunil Kumar
    3. 'Silk Road, Cotton Road or … Indo-Chinese trade in pre-European times' Stephen F. Dale
    4. The political economy of opium smuggling in early-nineteenth-century India: leakage or resistance? Claude Markovits
    5. Opium and the company: maritime trade and imperial finances on Java, 1684–1796 George Bryan Souza
    6. The Mughals, the Sufi Shaikhs and the formation of the Akbari Dispensation Muzaffar Alam
    7. Notes on political thought in medieval and early modern South India Velcheru Narayana Rao and Sanjay Subrahmanyam
    8. Becoming Turk the Rajput way: conversion and identity in an Indian warrior narrative Cynthia Talbot
    9. Nature and nurture on imperial China's frontiers Peter C. Perdue
    10. The frontiers of memory: what the Marathas remembered of Vijayanagara Sumit Guha
    11. 'Kiss my foot,' said the King: firearms, diplomacy, and the battle for Raichur, 1520 Richard M. Eaton
    12. Frontiers of family life: early modern Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds Patrick Manning
    13. Chinese revenue farms and borders in Southeast Asia Carl A. Trocki
    Publications John Folsom Richards

  • Editors

    Richard M. Eaton, University of Arizona

    Munis D. Faruqui, University of California, Berkeley
    Munis D. Faruqui is an historian and Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He focuses on the Muslim experience in South Asia, especially during the Mughal period. His books include Princes of the Mughal Empire, 1504–1719 (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and the edited volume Religious Interactions in Mughal India (co-edited with Vasudha Dalmia). His various journal articles have interrogated the creation of the Mughal Empire under Emperor Akbar (r.1556–1605), the founding decades (c.1720–40) of the princely state of Hyderabad, and the relationship between religion and politics in the life and work of the Mughal prince, Dara Shukoh (1615–59). He is currently working on a book re-evaluating the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb (r.1658–1707).

    David Gilmartin, North Carolina State University

    Sunil Kumar, University of Delhi


    Gordon Johnson, David Gilmartin, Munis D. Faruqui, Sunil Kumar, Stephen F. Dale, Claude Markovits, George Bryan Souza, Muzaffar Alam, Velcheru Narayana Rao, Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Cynthia Talbot, Peter C. Perdue, Sumit Guha, Richard M. Eaton, Patrick Manning, Carl A. Trocki

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