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Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan: The Central and Western Rajput States of India (In 3 Volumes)

James Tod (Author) William Crooke (Editor)
This work relates to the (erstwhile) Central and Western Rajput States of India. It embodies the results of scholarly investigation into the ethnology of Rajputs, their religious and social practices, their festivals and rites, their legal and political institutions and the merits and demerits of their characters. Herein we get a real portrait of the different aspects of Rajput life: their loyalty, devotion, gallantry, chivalry as also the instability of their character, their outbreaks of passion, fears, occasional faithlessness of their chiefs and allies and, above all, their addiction to drugs.

The work is divided into three volumes: each volume being sub-divided into books and chapters. Vol I deals mostly with the Geography of Rajasthan, the History of the Rajput tribes and the feudal system of their states. Vol II contains the Annals of Marwar, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and other cities of Rajasthan. Vol III comprises the annals of Amber, Haravati, Bundi and describes Shaikhawat Federation, and contains personal narrative from Udaipur to Kheroda. It has an appendix divided into seven sections and exhaustive general index.

Interspersed with several illustrations, this book is remarkable for its enlightening introduction and exegetical notes.
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About the author

James Tod

The Founder of modern historiography on Rajasthan, James Tod (1782-1835) was born at Inslington. In the 1798 he joined East India Company's service as an army cadet and rose up to the rank of Lieutenant in 1800. In the year 1805 he was assigned the command of the suite of Graeme Mercer, Agent of Sindhia's court and remained associated with Sindhia's court till 1818 in various capacities which enabled him to collect geographical and topographical data on Rajasthan and central India. His thorough acquaintance with the affairs of Rajputana paved the way for his final appointment in 1818 as Political Agent to the Western states, in which capacity he served the company till his premature retirement due to ill health in June 1822. After returning back to England Tod compiled his material into two valuable works on which rests his abiding place of honour in the field of historical writing the Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan and the Travels in Western India.

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Title Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan: The Central and Western Rajput States of India (In 3 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2010
Edition 4th ed.
Language: English
isbn 8120803809, 9788120803800
length lxix+1862p., Illustrations; Folded Col. Map; 19cm.