The Illustrated History Of The Sikhs

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byKhushwant Singh

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This pictorial edition of A History of the Sikhs has updated and edited the most comprehensive two-volume book on the community. Written in Khushwant Singh's trademark style to be accessible to a general audience, it is based on scholarly archival research of original documents in Persian,Gurmukhi and English. It examines the social, religious and political background which led to the formation of the Sikh faith in the fifteenth century. The transformation of the Sikhs from a pacifist sect to a militant group called the Khalsa led by Guru Gobind Singh is portrayed in detail, as is the relationship of theSikhs with the Mughals and the Afghans, until the consolidation of Sikh power under Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The continuing Sikh struggle for survival as a separate community marked by the demand for a distinct Sikh state has been chronicled, until the events leading up to and following Operation Blue Star when the Indian army entered the Golden Temple. The edition includes an epilogue that analyses events following the end ofterrorism in Punjab and the achievement of the community's aspirations never more visible than in the elevation of a Sikh to the country's Prime Ministership.

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This pictorial edition of A History of the Sikhs has updated and edited the most comprehensive two-volume book on the community. Written in Khushwant Singh's trademark style to be accessible to a general audience, it is based on scholarly archival research of original documents in Persian,Gurmukhi and English. It examines the social, ...

Khushwant Singh is a former Editor, The Hindustan Times and The Illustrated Weekly of India.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:292 pages, 10.79 × 8.58 × 0.97 inPublished:February 23, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195677471

ISBN - 13:9780195677478

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Preface, List of Illustrations, Part I The Punjab and the Birth of Sikhism 1. The Sikh Homeland, 2. Birth of Sikhism, 3. Building of the Sikh Church, 4. The Call to Arms5. From the Pacifist Sikh to the Militant Khalsa. Part II The Agrarian Uprising 6. The Rise and Fall of Banda Bahadur7. Persecution of the Sikhs and the Reorganisation of the Khalsa Army8. Ahmed Shah Abdali and the Sikhs9. From the Indus to the Ganges, Part III Punjab Monarchy and Imperialism 10. Rise of the Sukerchakia Misl, 11. Maharaja of the Punjab12. Suzerain of Malwa13. British Annexation of Malwa: Treaty of Lahore, 180914. Consolidation of the Punjab. Part IV Fall of the Sikh Kingdom 15. The Punjab on the Death of Ranjit Singh, 16. First Anglo-Sikh War17. The Punjab under British Occupation18. Second Anglo-Sikh WarPart V Consolidation of British Power in the Punjab 19. Annexation of the Punjab20. Crescat e Fluviis. Part VI Social and Religious Reform 21. Religious Movements22. Singh Sabhaand Social ReformPart VII Political Movements: Marxist, National, and Sectarian 23. Rural Indebtedness and Peasant Agitation24. World War I and its Aftermath25. Xenophobic Marxism26. Gurdwara Reform: Rise of the Akali Immortals Part VIII Politics of Partition: Independence and the Demand for a Sikh Homeland 27. Sikhs and World War II (1939-1945)28. Prelude to the Partition of India29. Civil Strife, Exodus, and Resettlement, 30. A Sate of their Own31. Prosperity and Religious Fundamentalism32. The Anandpur Sahib Resolution and Other Akali Demands33. Fatal Miscalculation34. Assassination and After35. Elections and the Accord36. Foreign Connections and Khalistan. 37. EpilogueBibliographyIndex