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Medieval Punjab: Perspectives on Historiography and Polity
Collected Works of Professor B R Grover: Vol. 2
Amrita Grover, Dr. Anju Grover Chaudhary , J C Dua
Bibliography : xx, 302pp., Demy 8vo.
HB ISBN (10) : 8188629340
HB ISBN (13) : 9788188629343

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About the Book:

An intensive study of the local histories not only throws light on many an hitherto unknown or little known facts but also enables us to reconstruct history as a whole, believed Professor Grover. This second volume in the series, The Collected Works of Professor B R Grover, is a collection of articles on 18th-19th century Punjab History²another forte of his expertise. He believed that "the identity, concept, personality and territorial jurisdiction of the Punjab through the ages is of vital importance." Professor Grover not only unearthed the hitherto untapped sources but also analyzed them critically in several articles being presented in this volume.

The analysis of Durrani revenue documents, and Chamba and Sirmur family documents enlighten us about the functioning of the land revenue system and the nature of relationship that existed between the Durrani Chiefs and the Sikh Sardars, and between the Punjab Hill Chiefs and the Mughals, the Afghans and the Lahore Darbar. In a fresh look given to the Munshiat-i-Ganesh Das, he underlined how this manuscript delineates the functioning of the land revenue system and exhibits the elements of continuity and change in the local administration from the Mughal age and the period of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Besides, the other articles being published in this volume give an invaluable insight into the various aspects of historiography and polity of medieval Punjab. The indepth researched articles in this volume will certainly provide very useful source material for the scholars/students of Punjab history.

About the Author:

Miss Amrita Grover, sister of late Professor B.R. Grover, is a distinguished historian in her own right. She is well versed with Professor Grover?s writings as they always discussed and exchanged their historical views with each other, even from their student days. Upon obtaining her master?s degree in History Honours with distinction and a Roll of Honour from Government College, Lahore, Punjab University, she initially taught at Inderprastha College and Miranda House for a few years and then joined the Indian Audit and Accounts Service. A graduate of National Defence College, New Delhi, Miss Grover retired as Accountant General and ex-officio Member, Audit Board. For more than two decades now, she has devoted full time to historical studies and research in history. She has attended various national and international history conferences and has presented several research papers at international conferences held at Croatia, Montreal, Berlin, Sri Lanka, Moscow, etc.

Dr. Anju Grover Chaudhary, niece of Professor Grover, journalist and historian, is also well versed with Professor Grover?s works. She is professor of journalism at Howard University, U.S.A., where she teaches courses in history of journalism, international press and news reporting. She obtained her master?s degree in history from Howard University and a master?s degree and Ph. D. in journalism from University of Maryland, U.S.A. An author and editor of several books and journal articles, she has presented numerous papers at international conferences throughout the world.

Dr. J.C. Dua, Reader, Department of History and TTM, Dyal Singh Evening College (University of Delhi), New Delhi, has had academic association with late Professor B.R. Grover since the IHC Session 1961. Professor Grover was his teacher, mentor and the one who taught him how to locate, decipher and analyse the sources on history. Dr. Dua has contributed a large number of research papers in national and international seminars and has published numerous books. The Peoples Republic of Bulgaria awarded him Georgi Dimitrov Gold Medal in 1983 and was also invited to deliver the prestigious Dr. Kalaignar Thiru M. Karunanidhi Endowment Lectures by Madras University, Chennai, in 1995.

Medieval Punjab: Perspectives on Historiography and Polity, by Amrita Grover, Dr. Anju Grover Chaudhary


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