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Naukar, Rajput, and Sepoy: The Ethnohistory of the Military Labour Market of Hindustan, 1450-1850 (Dirk H A Kolff) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1990) 9780521523059
Naukar, Rajput, and Sepoy: The Ethnohistory of the Military Labour Market of Hindustan, 1450-1850 (Dirk H A Kolff) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1990) 9780521523059
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Title: Naukar, Rajput, and Sepoy: The Ethnohistory of the Military Labour Market of Hindustan, 1450-1850

Author: Kolff, Dirk H A

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1990

Paperback; ISBN: 9780521523059

Volumes: 1; Pages: 233

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This is a study of an aspect of the ethnohistory of North Indian peasant society: the importance of its military labor market for state and sect formation, for social change and for the energetic survival strategies of the village of Hindustan. It traces the history of the British Indian sepoy back to the fifteenth century, firmly rooting him in India's medieval past. It also shows that, from the anthropological point of view, it was not the hierarchically arranged castes, but rather the multiple alliances and fluid identities of the peasantry that were the central phenomena of North Indian politics and decision making.ContentsPrefaceList of abbreviationsGlossary1. Beyond the control of the state2. A Warlord's fresh attempt at empire3. The Rajput of pre-Mughal North India4. Politics and entrepreneurship of a 'spurious' Rajput clan5. Bhojpuri soldiering and the vicissitudes of EmpireEpilogueBibliographyIndex
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