The book in three volumes is a history of rise, progress and decline of the Marathas. Maharastra is the state of the people whose history it is here proposed to trace since 1000 A.D., till the time the British Conquerors could overthrow the Marathas from power in 1818. The Britishers, in fact, could not even understand fully the means by which the vast Maratha Empire in the quarter was acquired till this work is published.
The rise of the Marathas was chiefly attributable to the confusion of other States, and it was generally an object of their policy to render everything as intricate as possible and destroy records of rightful possession. As their armies over run the country, their history became blended with what of every other State in India, and may seem to partake of the disorder that they spread.
Therefore, it was difficult to obtain the requisite materials on a subject where the indefatigable Orme has left his Fragments as a monument of his research. Those who had the best opportunities of collecting information respecting the Marathas, were still very deficient in a knowledge of their history.
Circumstances placed the another in situations that at once removed many of the obstacles which those earlier scholars encountered and opened up materials within the reach of the author, which had previously been inaccessible. A great part of this work was written in India.