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Advanced Study in the History of Modern India, 1707-1813

J.L. Mehta (Author)
Synopsis Dr. J.L. Mehta’s Advanced Study in the History of Modern India is a comprehensive study on the history of modern India between AD 1707 and 1813. The study begins with the death of Aurangzeb, the last imperial ruler of the Mughal dynasty, and carries the story of political and military developments through the eighteenth century, which comprises ‘an epoch of transition’ from the medieval to the modern period of Indian history. The narrative shatters the contention of contemporary European writers that it was ‘the dark age’ of Indian history, characterized by ‘political anarchy and misgovernment’, until the British brought it under their sway. The main thesis of the author is that the political developments of the period were marked by two distinct phases. The first phase, which lasted from 1707 to 1760, saw the rapid disintegration of the Mughal power and its replacement by the Marathas who, having suffered a setback from Ahmad Shah Abdali in the Third Battle of Panipat, recovered their hegemony under their fourth Peshwa Madhav Rao (1761-62); and the second phase, which saw the consolidation of power of the English traders-turned-colonists over Carnatic and Bengal, and the struggle for supremacy between them and the Marathas. The author makes a judicious use of the contemporary English and Marathi sources and liberally utilizes the extensive researches done by modern historians to portray a compact picture of their findings in an extensive treatment of the subject matter in the form of a textbook for the benefit of students of colleges and universities.
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About the author

J.L. Mehta

J.L. Mehta, a product of the Punjab University, Chandigarh, has had a brilliant academic record securing merit scholarship throughout his schooldays. He established his reputation as a sober and serious historian by his History of the Punjab University. A specialist in medieval and modern Indian history, and a prolific writer, with proficiency in Urdu, Persian and Tibetan, besides Hindi, Punjabi and Sanskrit, he had published a number of books, articles and monographs long before he opted for the Ph.D. degree which he received from his alma mater in 1978. A widely traveled man, Dr. Mehta, during one of his sojourns in the UK, attended lectures in a postgraduate course in International Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, London. He retired as Reader in History, Punjab University, Chandigarh.

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Title Advanced Study in the History of Modern India, 1707-1813
Author J.L. Mehta
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher New Dawn Press
Language: English
isbn 1932705546
length xx+739p., Maps; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.
Subjects History