Power, Memory, Architecture: Contested Sites on Indias Deccan Plateau, 1300-1600

Hardcover | November 3, 2014

byRichard M. Eaton, Phillip B. Wagoner

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Most studies of the history of the early modern Deccan focus on struggles between the region's primary centers, that is, the great capital cities such as Bijapur, Vijayanagara, or Golconda. This study, by contrast, examines the political histories and material culture of smaller, fortifiedstrongholds both on the plains and atop hills, the control of which was repeatedly contested by rival primary centers. Exceptionally high levels of conflict over such secondary centers occurred between 1300 and 1600, and especially during the turbulent sixteenth century when gunpowder technology hadbecome widespread in the region. The authors bring two principal objectives to the enquiry. One is to explore how political power, monumental architecture, and collective memory interacted with one another in the period under study. The study's authors - one trained in history, the other in art history and archaeology - argue forsystematically integrating the methodologies of history, art history, and archaeology in attempts to reconstruct the past. The study's other aim is to radically rethink the usefulness of Hindu-Muslim relations as the master key by which to interpret this period of South Asian history, and to proposeinstead a model informed by Sanskrit and the Persian literary traditions.

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Most studies of the history of the early modern Deccan focus on struggles between the region's primary centers, that is, the great capital cities such as Bijapur, Vijayanagara, or Golconda. This study, by contrast, examines the political histories and material culture of smaller, fortifiedstrongholds both on the plains and atop hills, ...

Richard M. Eaton is Professor in the Department of History at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Phillip B. Wagoner is Professor in the Art History Program at Wesleyan University, Middletown.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:436 pages, 10 × 7.5 × 0.98 inPublished:November 3, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198092210

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AcknowledgmentsList of Figures and TablesNote on Translation, Transliteration, and AbbreviationsIntroductionI. Orientations1. Chalukya Emperors, Delhi Sultans, 1000-13502. Temples and Conquest, 1296-1500II. Kalyana and the Chalukya Legacy3. Reviving the Chalukya Imperium at Sixteenth-century Vijayanagara4. Bijapur's Revival of the Chalukya ImperiumIII. Warangal and the Kakatiya Legacy5. Shitab Khan and the Restoration of Kakatiya Cults and Temples6. Qutb Shahi Warangal and the Foundation of HyderabadIV. The Raichur Doab in the Age of Gunpowder7. The Military Revolution in the Deccan Chapter8. The Political Functions of City GatesConclusionAppendix 1: Notes on MethodAppendix 2: An Overview of the Three Primary Study SitesSelect BibliographyIndexAbout the Authors