This set of historical essays challenges many cherished assumptions about the century between the Mughal empire and the British colonial period. Based mainly on archival material in old Marathi, a language inaccessible to most scholars, Stewart Gordon examines the caste system in eighteenth-century India by reconsidering castes as open groups defining themselves through processes of power and military service, not as closed groups reinforced by marriage and ideas of ritual purity.
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"[T]his book reflects some of the best work about this region during its period."--Journal of Interdisciplinary History
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110195633865