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A History of the Sikhs  -  Volume 1:  1469 - 1839
A History of the Sikhs - Volume 1: 1469 - 1839

A History of the Sikhs - Volume 1: 1469 - 1839

by Khushwant Singh

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Language

English

Publisher

Oxford University Press

ISBN

0195626435 - Year: 2005 - Pages: 419

Binding

Paperback

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Author: Khushwant Singh
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 419
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195626435

Description

An indispensable reference point for an historical and sociological understanding of the Sikh condition. These volumes are a tribute to the capacity for a balanced rendition of Sikh history.

First published in 1963, this is the standard and well-established book on its subject. It is accessible to a general, non-scholarly audience, while being based on scholarly archival research.

Volume 1 covers the social, religious and political background which led to the forming of the Sikh faith in the fifteenth century. Basing his account on original documents in Persian, Gurmukhi and English, the author traces the growth of Sikhism and tells of the compilation of its sacred scriptures in the Granth Sahib.

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 the Sikhs with the Mughals and the Afghans, until the consolidation of Sikh power under Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

PRESS REVIEW: Singh has done a good job of turning dry history into informed reading. - - SUNDAY MAIL

Contents

Preface

PART I: THE PUNJAB AND THE BIRTH OF SIKHISM

CHAPTER 1
The Sikh Homeland

CHAPTER 2
Birth of Sikhism

CHAPTER 3
Building of the Sikh Church

CHAPTER 4
The Call to Arms

CHAPTER 5
From the Pacifist Sikh to the Militant Khalsa

PART II: THE AGRARIAN UPRISING

CHAPTER 6
The Rise and Fall of Banda Bahadur

CHAPTER 7
Persecution of the Sikhs and the Reorganization of the Khalsa Army

CHAPTER 8
Ahmed Shah Abdali and the Sikhs

CHAPTER 9
From the Indus to the Ganges

PART III: PUNJAB MONARCHY AND IMPERIALISM

CHAPTER 10
Rise of the Sukerchakia Misl

CHAPTER 11
Maharajah of the Punjab

CHAPTER 12
Suzerain of Malwa

CHAPTER 13
British Annexation of Malwa: Treaty of Lahore, 1809

CHAPTER 14
Consolidation of the Punjab

CHAPTER 15
Extinction of Afghan Power in Northern India

CHAPTER 16
Europeanization of the Army

CHAPTER 17
Dreams of Sindh and the Sea

CHAPTER 18
Across the Himalayas to Tibet

PART IV: APPENDICES
1. Janamsakhis and Other Sources of Information on the Life of Guru Nanak
2. Adi Granth or the Granth Sahib
3. Bhai Gurdas
4. Dasam Granth
5. Hymns from the Adi Granth
6. Treaty of Lahore, 1809
7. Tripartite Treaty of 1838

Bibliography
Index

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