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The Rise of the British Power: India Under the Crown

Mohini Gupta (Author) V P Gupta (Author) A N Kapoor (Author)
Synopsis The present volume, The Rise of the British Power covers the period A.D. 1707 to 1857 of Indian history. The period had a 3 major landmarks : (The End of the Muslim Rule; (2) The Rise and fall of the Maratha Domination; and (3) The Growth of the British Power. The Mughal Empire showed which had dazzled the contemporary world showed signs of decay towards the beginning of the 18th century. The Mughal emperors after Auranzeb were weak, unstable and inefficient. A sinister development in the later Mughal politics was the rise of the powerful nobles who played the role of king-makers. The weakening of central political structure created a political vaccum in India. Te ambitious regional chiefs carved out independent principalities for themselves. The revolts of Sikhs, Jats and Rajputs combined with the foreign invasions of nadir shah and Ahmad Shah Abdaliu hastened the downfall of the Mughal Empire. The weakness of the Mughal Empire after A.D. 1707 gave the much needed opportunity to the Marathas. The first half of the 18th century witnesses a considerable expansion of the Maratha power and their idea of a Hindu Empire started taking shape. The early Peshawas like Balaji Vishwnath and Balaji Baji Rao consolidated the maratha position. However, the Third battle of Panipat lowered Maratha prestige in the Indian political world and the Martha dream of an empire extending over all parts of India and set up their own administrative machinery with the overriding aim of exploiting the economic resources of India.
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About the authors

Mohini Gupta

A constant collaborator in the intellectual pursuits of her husband V.P. Gupta she is co-author in a number of his publications including an Encyclopaedia of History and Culture of Punjab, and biographical studies of Raja Rammohun Roy, Swami Dayaand Saraswati, Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Lala Lajpat Rai, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. A two-volume study of India since independence critically examines the triumphs and tragedies of Indian people during the last fifty five years. These books brought out in both the languages - English and Hindi - have been widely acclaimed as the harbinger of awareness about the ideals of our freedom struggle.

A N Kapoor

A.N. Kapoor After obtaining M.A., D.Phil, in English from Allahabad University, Dr. Kapoor taught English at Agra and Delhi Universities for over four decades and has edited, compiled and authored more than hundred titles including reference books, encyclopaedias and language dictionaries. His dictionary of geographical terms published in 1955 was the first work of its kind in Hindi. His comprehensive English-Hindi dictionary stands as the crowning work of the four decade long effort. The lexicon is considered a work of tremendous relevance for the entire gamut of bilingual activity, being undertaken in the country as almost all levels of our social system, educational institutions and government department.

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Title The Rise of the British Power: India Under the Crown
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Radha Publications
Language: English
isbn 8174874321
length xiv+284p., Index; 23cm.
Subjects History