The Indian Frontier: Horse and Warband in the Making of Empires

Author:

Jos J.L. Gommans

Publisher:

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

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Publisher

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

Publication Year 2018
ISBN-13

9789350981702

ISBN-10 935098170X
Binding

Hardcover

Edition FIRST
Number of Pages 343 Pages
Language (English)
Dimensions (Cms) 22X14X2.5
Weight (grms) 558

This omnibus brings together some old and some recent works by Jos Gommans on the warhorse and its impact on medieval and early modern state-formation in South Asia. These studies are based on Gommans’ observation that Indian empires always had to deal with a highly dynamic inner frontier between semi-arid wilderness and settled agriculture. Such inner frontiers could only be bridged by the ongoing movements of Turkish, Afghan, Rajput and other warbands. Like the most spe­ctacular examples of the Delhi Sultanate and the Mughal Empires, they all based their power on the exploitation of the most lethal weapon of that time: the warhorse. In discussing the breeding and trading of horses and their role in medieval and early modern South Asian warfare, Gommans also makes some thought-provoking comparisons with Europe and the Middle East. Since the Indian frontier is part of the much larger Eurasian Arid Zone that links the Indian subcontinent to West, Central and East Asia, the final essay explores the connected and entangled history of the Turko-Mongolian warband in the Ottoman and Timurid Empires, Russia and China.

Jos J.L. Gommans

Jos J.L. Gommans is Professor of Colonial and Global History at Leiden University. He has Published two other monographs, eight edited volumes and two atlases on the early modern history of South Asia and the Indian Ocean. He is currently moving in the direction of Intellectual Global History. Together with the Present Volume, Manohar is bringing out a collection of his selected essays as The Indian Frontier: Horse and Warband in the Making of Empires.
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