The King and the People: Sovereignty and Popular Politics in Mughal Delhi (Hardback)Abhishek Kaicker (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 628 g
Dimensions: 235 x 160 x 31 mm
The King and the People is an exemplary exploration of the relationship between the Mughal emperor and his subjects in the empire's newly-built capital, Shahjahanbad. Spanning a period of a hundred years, Kaicker tells an enthralling story of how trends and events in the second half of the seventeenth century inadvertently set the stage for the emergence of the people as actors in a regime which saw them only as the ruled. A major intervention in the field of state sovereignty and popular politics. * Shahid Amin, Delhi University *
The King and the People offers an invaluable story of the intersection of popular politics and Mughal sovereignty in the city of Delhi between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Complex, insightful, and drawing on little known Persian-language materials, this book will inform and excite specialists of South Asian history as well as early-modern world historians. Engagingly written and filled with colorful characters and anecdotes, this book will also delight lay readers. * Munis D. Faruqui, Associate Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley *
In describing how people woke from a powerful fantasy about the omnipotence and sacrality of Mughal rule to start asserting themselves as a political force in the eighteenth century, Abhishek Kaicker's extraordinary and beautifully crafted book conjures up the often cacophonous voices of Mughal Delhi, both Hindu and Muslim, as they worked out their complicated allegiances to sovereign, city, family, and faith. * Samira Sheikh, Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies, Vanderbilt University *
A strikingly original and extraordinarily vivid account of the making and unmaking of Mughal sovereignty through centuries of power and poetry, regicide and revolution. Crucial to Kaicker's narrative is the emerging voice of ordinary people in Mughal history, one that both dooms and yet paradoxically preserves it for posterity. * Faisal Devji, Professor of Indian History, University of Oxford *
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