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Book Details

History of The Mahrattas
(in 3 Vols. Bound in 1)
James Grant Duff
Bibliography : lvi, 1152pp., Demy 8vo.
HB ISBN (10) : 8185395772
HB ISBN (13) : 9788185395777

About the Book:

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.

About the Author:

Dr. James Grant Duff was the Political Resident of Satara. He was well known as other British historians like V.A. Smith. Mr. Elphinstone, Governor of Bombay gave him free access to the official records. The author read the whole records both public and secret upto 1795, and extracted what formed many large volumes of matter, related to the subject. In regard to native authorities, besides important papers; records of temples and private repositories were searched. Family legends, imperial and royal deeds, public and private correspondences and state papers in possession of the descendants of men once high in authority, law suits and law decisions, and manuscripts of every description in Persian and Marathi which had any reference to the subject were procured from all possible quarters.

History of The Mahrattas, by James Grant Duff


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