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Strongholds of Western India: The Forts of Maharashtra

Sikha Jain (Author) Rima Hooja (Author)

Maharashtra presents an unparalleled geographical setting with about 740 kilometres of the Konkan coastal stretch, Western Ghats along with the Sahyadri Hills recognised globally as World Heritage Site for its biodiversity, and the Deccan Plateau moving from the western to the eastern edge of the state. This extraordinary cultural landscape was judiciously used for defence through centuries of its history. The fortifications of Maharashtra, largely unknown and unexplored are spread as a guarded network of a defence system across the panoramic natural setting, while each fort exhibits extraordinary individualistic planning and distinctive style pertaining to its typology.


This book is one of the first to document and showcase the fortified cultural landscape of the state of Maharashtra. The book not only narrates the military strategy of the Maratha Kingdom and the extraordinary contribution of Chhatrapati Shivaji to guerrilla warfare and naval forces, but also outlines the range of forts typology in the state, including complete documentation, technical analysis and recommendations of specific forts for promoting this exceptional heritage of Maharashtra

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About the author

Rima Hooja

An archeologist, historian and writer, Rima Hooja is currently the Director of Minnesota University's MSID India Program. With a MA in History, Post-graduate Certificate in Archeological (Cambridge, UK), and a Ph.D. in Archeology, also from Cambridge University. Rima has held several academic posts, including Associate Professor Indian Tradition & Culture. Kota Open University, and Visiting Fellow, Institute of development studies Jaipur. A Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland, she has served on several governing boards, committees and councils. Rima has over fifty published research papers and articles to her credit, besides journalistic articles, contributions to the Students Encyclopedia Britannica, and presentations at international seminars and conferences. Books by her include The Ahar Culture and beyond; Prince, Patriot, Parliamentarian: Biography of Dr. Karni Singh - Maharaja of Bikaner; Environment Degradation; Crusader for Self-Rule: Tej Bahadur Sapru and the Indian national Movement, and an English translation of a fifteenth century AD Sanskrit manuscript on iconography, Mandan's "Devata-Murti-Prakarnam".

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Bibliographic information

Title Strongholds of Western India: The Forts of Maharashtra
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.08.2021
Edition 1st ed.
isbn 9788173056130
length xii+198., Colour Plates, Illustrations, Photographs; 29cm.