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Select Battles in Indian History (In 2 Vols.)

Shive Nandan Misra (Editor) Kiran Kumar Thaplyal (Editor)
Synopsis The work deals with select 59 battles and wars in Indian history from Rigvedic period to circa 2000 AD. The Rigvedic ‘Battle of Ten Kings’ is followed by the war between Rama and Ravana described in the Ramayana, and the Bharata war detailed in the Mahabharata-the two wars that have sunk deep down into the collective consciousness of the Indian people. Alexander met touth, though unsuccessful, resistance; his conquests helped in turning the small states of Punjab into large political units. The horrors of Kalinga war turned Ashoka as follower of Buddhism and a champion of peace. The Turkish invasion of Muhammad Ghori marked the beginning of the Muslim rule in India. The Battle of Takkola resulting in the defeat of the Vijaynagara Empire at the hands ‘of neighbouring Sultanates marked the destruction of chances of Hindu supremacy in the south’. In the north, the Afghans displaced the Turks. With Babur’s conquest of Ibrahim Lodi and Rana Sanga in the battles of Panipat and Khanwa, respectively, the Mughal Empire was founded. The success at the battles of Plassey and that of Buxar laid the foundation of the British Empire. Later, they met with stiff resistance in battles against the Marathas, Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan and the Sikhs. The first war of Independence was unsuccessful, but it paved the way for Indian Independence in 1947. The wars fought by the Indian defence forces after Independence – one against China and three against Pakistan – the last being the Kargil war (1999), have been authored by army officers, then in active service. Attempt has been made to discuss the security environment and the threat perception, in the light of Indian and Pakistani nuclear tests and the successful American war against the Taliban government.
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About the authors

Shive Nandan Misra

Dr. Shive Nandan Misra, former Professor and Head, Department of Ancient Indian History and Archaeology, and former Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Lucknow.

Kiran Kumar Thaplyal

Professor Kiran Kumar Thaplyal (b. 1936), after obtaining first class first Masters degree in ancient Indian History and Archaeology (1957) from Lucknow University, served the Archaeological Survey of India for about three years (1957-60) where he was in charge of archaeological antiquities and participated in archaeological excavations at Lothal, Alamgirpur, Gilund and Ujjain. Thereafter, in 1960, he joined Lucknow University as lecturer and taught there till his superannuation in 1996 as Professor and Head of the Department of ancient Indian History and Archaeology, and Dean, Faculty of Arts. He was Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, shimla (1991-93). He is a recipient of the ‘Brahmi’ award (one lakh rupees and a citation) for his contribution to various fields of Indology. The nine books authored by professor Thaplyal include Studies in Ancient Indian Seals (Ph.D. dissertation), Inscriptions of the Mmaukharis, Later Guptas, Pushpabhutis and Yasovarman of Kanauj, Sindhu Sabhyata, Jaiina Paintings, Guilds in ancient India and Coins of Ancient India. He has published a number of papers and edited Select Battles in Indian History in two volumes.

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Title Select Battles in Indian History (In 2 Vols.)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st. Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173200475
length xiv+xiv+763p., Notes; Bibliography; 23cm.
Subjects History