Medieval Deccan: an Era of Transition

(Maratha State and the Age of Conflicts, Challenges and Collaboration)

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The representation of the ‘History of the Marathas’ through varied historiographic representations has focused around the colonial discourses of the English East India Company in matters related to politics, diplomacy & interdependency in Deccan all through the 17th and 18th centuries. The gradual rise of the Maratha state under Chhatrapati Shivaji had a bearing on the politics and diplomacy across all the European powers in the Indian subcontinent, viz. the Portuguese, the Dutch, the English and the French right from its inception. The 17th, 18th century in Indian history were a precursor to the developments of the 19th century. It can be seen as a marker for Deccan as longue durée since Deccan in the 17th and 18th century saw marked changes in terms of economic structures, diplomatic policies, etc., with the rise of the Marathas. The European Companies also brought about such changes to the Indian sub-continent in terms of social and cultural policies that over the years it became the new order.The process of acculturation did not happen overnight, it was a process of slow gradual change as the change of mentalities, traditions and customs was a process of contest & conciliation.


Umesh Ashok Kadam


Professor Umesh Ashok Kadam is Professor of Medieval Indian History at Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He specializes in History of Deccan & Western India since the last two decades, he has been visiting universities in Netherlands, France, Portugal and United Kingdom to promote advanced research on the theme.

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LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing


Marathas, Portuguese, DUTCH, French, Regional History, transition, Deccan, Conflict, challenges, Collaboration

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HISTORY / General