Bundelkhand Under The Marathas- A Study of Maratha-Bundela Relations (1720-1818 A.D)

Bundelkhand Under The Marathas- A Study of Maratha-Bundela Relations (1720-1818 A.D)

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Book Specification

Item Code: UAI248
Author: B. R. Andhare
Publisher: Radha Publications, Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2017
ISBN: 9789386439192
Pages: 412 (16 Color Illustrations)
Other Details 9.00 X 6.00 inch
Weight 590 gm

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About the Book
The book throws a flood of light on the 18th century Central India and especially Bundelkhand. The various states in Bundelkhand ruled by sons and relatives of Chhatrasal were involved in their own internal petty strifes. Central India was important politically for the Mughals, the Marathas and the British. By chance the Marathas came into contact with the Bundela rulers and due credit must be given to both for developing good relations amidst a turbulent period.

he available accounts of Datia and Orchha lack reference to Maratha officers. Facts given in this books bring out how the Marathas helped these states in their difficult times. The book places before the scholars for the first time the significant achievements of Maratha rulers: Govindpant Kher (Bundele), his two sons Balaji and Gagadhar, Visaji Govind Chandorkar, Naro Shankar Dani, Raghunath Hari Newalkar, Ali Bahadur (Grandson of Peshwa Bajirao I) and his son Samsher Bahadur II, the two able commanders Dingankar and Khanderao Han played important part in contemporary politics, both administratively and strategically.

It is known that Chhatrasal bequeathed one third of his territory to Peshwa Bajirao I out of gratitude and love for him, when his kingdom was saved from Mohammad Khan Bangash by Peshwa Bajira I. However the Peshwas had to put in long efforts to get actual possession. Facts in this connection given here make interesting reading.

The book also provides much cultural information about 18th century life, building up of cities, construction of temples and in general the rise of Greater Maharashtra. The several chapters bristle with interesting information culled from unpublished original documents, which redounds to the credit of the author.

"Bundelkhand under the Marathas" has been a valuable contribution not only to the history of Bundelkhand but also to that of Central India. Basing himself on original sources, the author has successfully proved how Bundelkhand served as a spring-board from which the Marathas could plunge into the vortex of politics of Malwa and Delhi. A lurid light has been thrown on the cordial relations that existed between the Bundelas and the Marathas for about eighty years.

The work provides a detailed study of the outstanding achievements of many Maratha families like Shindes, Holkars Pawars, Bhosales, Khers, Chandorkars, Dingankars, Newalkars and the like, who sincerely helped the Peshwa in maintaining power and prestige of the Marathas in that part of the country.

It is for the first time that we come to know the fact that though Chhatrasal had given one-third of his-kingdom to Bajirao I as a gift, it took Bajirao and his son Nanasahib pretty long time to obtain actual possession of the territory.

While paying glowing tributes to Maharashtrians who rendered signal service to the Peshwa in the realisation of his ambitions dream of Hindupadpadshahi, the writer has not failed to point out the treacherous part played by Ganesh Khandekar, who went to Bundelkhand as an agent of the Peshwa and openly joined Peshwa's enemy Shuja Ud Daula and helped him in the conquest of Kalpi.

It is for the first time that full facts of the important part played by Khers and others in connection with the Ist Anglo-Maratha war have been brought to light. Warren Hastings and the Supreme Council of Calcutta expected that the English battalions would go through Bundelkhand and complete their march in eight days, but actually it took them seven months to do so.

"Bundelkhand under the Marathas" deals with a significant and eventful period of Maratha history. This study is substantially based on my doctoral thesis. The scanty published literature of scholars miserably lacks a pointed reference of the historical material covered in this volume. Hence a good number of original letters hidden in the archives have been the main object of my study.

Allegations against the Marathas can safely be set aside, if the relationship between the Marathas and the Bundelas is taken in to consideration. Their friendly relations, a sense of duty to protect the Bundelas from, not only outside aggressors but also from, internal tussles and a keenness to protect the interests of India as a whole against the foreigners form the key-note of the happenings during the 18th century. The Marathas were loyal and kept their word given to Bundel Kesari king Chhatrasal, These remarks are not meant here in justification of this or that view, but only reflect an overall impression of that portion of history which is treated here as an objective study. Political matters during this period were of supreme importance; never the less the cultural aspect of the activities of the contemporary leaders was as much meaningful. An effort has been made to bring out the relevance of all such matters pertaining to the general life during the period. Considering that a good number of many facts and their underlying significance have been brought to light here for the first time, this book may rightfully fill an important gap in the history of Central India during a turbulent period.

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