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The History of India

The History of India
2 Volume Set

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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Perspectives from the Royal Asiatic Society

  • Date Published: February 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108056236

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  • Appointed through family influence to the East India Company, Mountstuart Elphinstone (1779–1859) arrived on the subcontinent in 1796, quickly learning Persian and developing an interest in Indian civilisation. After postings in Benares, Afghanistan and Poona, he became governor in 1819 of the recently acquired territory that became known as the Bombay Presidency, where he remained until his resignation in 1827. On his return to England, he devoted much of his time to writing and was a founder member of the Royal Geographical Society. This two-volume history, based on a range of Indian sources and first published in 1841, is infused with his lifelong understanding of Indian culture, science and philosophy. A scholarly refutation of James Mill's History, it was the most popular work of its kind among the early Victorian public. Volume 1 takes the history of the subcontinent up to the thirteenth century, while Volume 2 continues to the demise of the Mogul empire in the mid-eighteenth century.

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    • Date Published: February 2013
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108056236
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • weight: 1.729kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Introduction
    Part I. State of the Hindus at the Time of Menu's Code:
    1. Divisions and employment of classes
    2. Government
    3. Administration of justice
    4. Religion
    5. Manners and state of civilisation
    Part II. Changes since Menu, and State of the Hindus in Later Times:
    1. Changes in cast
    2. Changes in the government
    3. Changes in the law
    4. Present state of religion
    5. Present state of philosophy
    Part III. State of the Hindus in Later Times Continued:
    1. Astronomy and mathematical sciences
    2. Geography
    3. Chronology
    4. Medicine
    5. Language
    6. Literature
    7. Fine arts
    8. Other arts
    9. Agriculture
    10. Commerce
    11. Manners and character
    Part IV. History of the Hindus up to the Mahometan Invasion:
    1. Hindostan
    2. The Deckan
    Appendices
    Book V. From the Commencement of the Arab Conquests to the Establishment of a Mahometan Government in India:
    1. Arab conquests
    2. Dynasties formed after the breaking up of the empire of the califs
    3. Sultan Mahmud
    4. Other kings of Ghazni and Ghor. Volume 2: Part VI. Kings of Delhi up to the Accession of the House of Teimur:
    1. Slave kings
    2. Lal u din Khilji
    3. House of Toghlak, Seiads, and House of Lodi
    Part VII. From the Conquest of Baber to the Accession of Akber:
    1. Reign of Baber
    2. First reign of Humayun
    3. Shir Shah and others of the family of Sur
    4. Humayun restored
    Part VIII. State of India up to the Accession of Akber:
    1. History of the Bahmani kingdom of the Deckan and its subsequent divisions
    2. Other kingdoms formed on the dissolution of the empire
    3. Internal state of India
    Part IX. Akber:
    1. From 1556 to 1586
    2. From 1586 to the death of Akber
    3. Internal policy
    Part X. Jehangir to Shah Jehan:
    1. Jehangir
    2. Shah Jehan till 1657
    3. From 1657 to the deposal of Shah Jehan
    Part XI. Aurangzib (or Alamgir):
    1. From 1658 to 1662
    2. From 1662 to 1681
    3. From 1681 to 1698
    4. From 1698 to the death of Aurangzib
    Part XII. Successors of Aurangzib:
    1. To the accession of Mohammed Shah
    2. To the departure of Nadir Shah
    3. To the death of Mohammed Shah
    4. To the extinction of the Mogul empire.

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