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Warfare in Ancient India: Organizational
and Operational Dimensions
By- Uma Prasad Thapliyal
The military History of Ancient India has
not attracted the attention of scholars in sufficient measure. Naturally, not
many good books are available on the subject. Consequently, Indians know little
about the military system followed by their ancestors. A serious effort, is
therefore, needed to analyse and interpret the source material which lies
scattered in ancient Indian literature, including scriptures and archaeological
remains including inscriptions and coins, to produce a tangible thesis on the
subject. This book is an humble effort in that direction.
The book tries to present a complete
picture of Indian military system from the earliest times. The topics covered
include military organization, conduct of war, strategical and tactical
concepts, weapons and armour, fortification, education and training and
ceremonials. Some ancillary aspects related to war such as defence production,
logistics, intelligence, medical services, engineering, signals, etc., have
also been covered.
The study is based on historical data. The
myths and legends if not supported by historical evidence have been ignored.
Each chapter is a complete study and is intended to generate a new thinking on
the subject among lay readers and scholars alike.
Born in 1938, U.P. Thapiyal retired
as the Director of the History Division, Ministry of Defence, Government of
432p. Rs.1050/ Pounds 60
Twilight of the Pepper Empire: Portuguese Trade in Southwest India in the Early Seventeenth Century
By- A.R. Disney
This study of the Portuguese commercial empire in India
during the Hapsburg years is the most serious attempt yet made to analyse the
Old Portuguese pepper trade – from the planting of orchards in the foothills of
Malabar and Kanara to the unloading of spice-laden carracks in Lisbon. Equally
significant, it is the first book to explain how and why the Portuguese were
not able to modernize their trade system when faced with crisis conditions.
The distress that confronted the Portuguese following the
arrival of the Dutch and English, seen here as partly military but
fundamentally economic and organizational, reached its decisive stage in the 1620s
and the early 1630s. The Portuguese attempted to combat the crisis by creating
their own India Company. The story of that company and the reasons of its
failure are thoroughly investigated as Disney looks at its antecedents,
composition, activities, and weaknesses.
The author has unearthed much new statistical material
from widely scattered manuscript sources and in doing so sheds new light on
related problems and issues, such as institutional relations between Spain and
Portugal, the careers of individual merchants, and the nature and difficulties
of viceregal government in Portuguese India.
A.R. Disney is Senior Lecturer, Department of
History, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia.
2010 234p. Rs.695/ Pounds 55
Most studies of
the 1857 Uprising look at the causes, the course of events, and the
consequences. This edited volume takes a different approach. It goes before
1857 and focuses on the first half of the nineteenth century to look for the
presence of long-term structural factors (if any) behind the momentous events
of 1857. Several contributors have studied the late nineteenth century in order
to understand the impact of the Uprising on Indian society and mentality.
Spatially too the contributors to this volume go beyond India to locate 1857
within the emerging trend of global history.
The essayists do
not fall within any single school. The heterogeneous outlook of the
contributors is indeed a strength of this volume as it widens the
methodological traits and empirical base of essays. Hence, the 1857 Uprising
(itself a neutral term) is considered by some contributors as a Sepoy Rebellion
and for others it was an Indian Mutiny. Another contribution of this edited
volume is a comprehensive bibliography that will help scholars in further
Kaushik Roy is an Associate Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Civil War
(CSCW) at International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO). He is also a
Lecturer in the Department of History, Presidency College, Kolkata.
2010 294p. Rs.795/ Pounds 45
Against Odds: The Marginalized in a Globalizing World
By- Debal K.
Though many of
the pre-existing processes of marginalization are getting weakened with the
expansion of the democratic and liberal forces, several new dimensions of marginalization
are in the making and old ones are also getting reinforced in the wake of
globalization. This collection of essays with reputed scholars from India,
United States of America, United Kingdom and the Czech Republic critically
examines the changing forms and dimensions of marginalization in a globalized
world, the emerging nature of intertwining of caste, race and gender inequality
with marginalization, the nature and forms of marginalization of the tribes,
dalits, religious minorities, peasants and children. Also the middle class, new
service users in contemporary society, and the process of articulation of
protest of the marginalized at the grass roots.
would be of immense use to the students, researchers, teachers of sociology,
political science, economics, history, social psychology and development
studies, and also to the civil society activists, planners, executives and
politicians dealing with the issues of social development, marginalization and
SinghaRoy is Professor of Sociology, in the
Department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open
2010 412p. Rs.995/ Pounds 60
The Steppe in History: Essays on a Eurasian
By- Suchandana Chatterjee
The Steppe deserves to be treated as a
special category in Eurasian history not because of its Russianized environment
but because of its Asiatic image. The speciality of the Steppe has also
received fair treatment in recent times. The present study deals with varied
impressions about the Steppe domain. It takes into account the interconnected
aspects of Steppe history, highlighting features of Kazakh and Siberian domains
that have relevance outside the Russian mould. The purpose has been to
integrate the intertwined histories of the two domains and indicates
continuities and discontinuities of two overlapping strands of history-writing,
Soviet and post-Soviet.
The study is concerned with both Soviet and
post-Soviet approaches, the former expressing a predictable set of opinions and
the latter questioning them. The stereotypical idea of the Steppe as a region a
region that was the citadel of nomadic conquerors and barbaric raiders and
distanced from the locus of imperial power tends to get replaced by positive
images of the Steppe as an interactive space that lies on the south of Russia
and overlaps with Mongolian and Chinese borderlands.
Chatterjee is Fellow, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad
Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata. Her research interests include regional
and connected histories of Eurasia, marginalized identities, representations of
Eurasia’s transition, etc.
178p. Rs.495/ Pounds 35