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1 Percival Spear
A History of Delhi Under the Later Mughuls
Low Price Publications/D.K. Publishers Distributors Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2011; 8175363053 / 9788175363052; Hardcover; New; New; 
Two hundred years ago, Delhi has been a great and imperial city for a century, with anything between one and two million inhabitants. It was the largest and most renowned city, not only of India, but of all the East from Constantinople to Canton. The purpose of this study is to trace the history of Delhi from the time that it ceased to be the capital of Mughul India until it became a completely British city after the Mutiny in 1858.The stoy of Delhi during these years is not one of weaklings or mountebanks, creeping amidst deceit and subterfuge, but of strong men lusting for power. It is a story of men throwing away successively in the heat of that passion everything that could make that power worth having, and mutually sqauandering the resources for which they were all contending. The nemesis of these men was the nemesis not of weakness but of strength unallied to principle, not of idealism but of power politics.The first part of the book is a sketch of the Kingdom of Delhi until its conquest by the company in 1803. The second part of the book consists of a series if studies on the Delhi city and territory under British Administration from 1803-1857. This part fall into three sections. Printed Pages: 279 with 1 folded map. 107367

Price: 3.95 USD
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2 Percival Spear
A History of India: Volume Two
Penguin; New Delhi, India; 2001; 0140138366 / 9780140138368; Fourteenth Impression; Paperback; New; 
Printed Pages: 298. 025060

Price: 6.95 USD
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3 Percival Spear
India, Pakistan, and the West (Fourth Edition)
Oxford University Press; London, UK; 1967; Fourth Edition; Paperback; Very Good; 
Printed Pages: 178. 009246

Price: 4.00 USD
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4 Percival Spear
India: A Modern History
The University of Michigan Press; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; 1972; 0472071408 / 9780472071401; Revised and Enlarged Edition; Hard Cover; Fine; 
Printed Pages: 538. 003801

Price: 15.00 USD
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5 Percival Spear
Twilight of the Mughuls: Studies in Mughul Delhi
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 1991; 81-215-0517-6; Reprint; Hard Cover; New; New; 
The events of the period between 1761 after the battle of Panipat and the anti-British uprising 1857 that led to the establishment of British sovereignty in India, were marked by power politics and intrigues. This period of the 'Twilight of the Moghuls' saw the corrosion of power of the descendants of the house of Timur, ultimately confirming their nominal authority to the areas in and around Delhi. Set against this background, Percival Spear has admirably described in all its grim detail the story of the Late Mughul Delhi which was intimately bound up with this drama. Starting his studies, with a sketch of the 'Kingdom of Delhi' between 1761 and 1803 when the kingdom went under the control of the Marathas until the British conquest, Percival Spear has tried to analyse the factors leading to the British domination. The second part of the book deals with the period between 1803 and 1857 and consists of three sections: the Mughuls and the British, the international life of the Mughul family, and the British administration of the Delhi territory. While the first two sections seek to show the intimate details of life of the period, the third describes Sir Charles Metcalfe's 'Delhi System' which was the foundation of his reputation and shows 'how that system had the defects of its virtues and how the desire for improvement led to harmful interference.' The study is completed by the picture of Delhi during and immediately after 1857. The accounts given by Dr. Spear in these chapters are 'brief and accurate' and he approaches the story from a refreshingly new angle. In this rare penetration to the analysis of the character of Bahadur Shah, the last Mughul emperor, about whom he has written with sympathy and kindness, he is never swayed by over-enthusiasm in either defending him or the others connected with the fateful events of 1857. For this brilliantly documented account, Percival Spear has drawn from all the available sources. Thus, while for the first section of the book he has largely tried to analyze and coordinate the primary and secondary material, he has made use of the official records, parliamentary papers, diaries and memoirs and private papers for the second and the third section of the book dealing with Mughuls and the British, the British life in Delhi, the Colebrooke case, the Fraser murder and the 1857 uprising. Some of the materials have been used for the first time in this book. The reader will find in it much information and an interpretation at once sensitive and personal, giving life to a period too often buried under a mass of detail. Printed Pages: 284 with 1 map. 015079

Price: 7.25 USD
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