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A History of The Sikhs: Volume II: 1839-2004 (Second Edition)

A History of The Sikhs: Volume II: 1839-2004 (Second Edition)
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Item Code: IDG357
Author: Khushwant Singh
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 0195673093
Pages: 560 (B & W Illus: 40)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5" X 5.5"
About the Book:

First published in 1963, this remains the most comprehensive and authoritative book on the Sikhs. The new edition updated to the present recounts the return of the community to the mainstream of national life. Written in Khushwant Singh's trademark style to be accessible to a general, non-scholarly audience, the book is based on scholarly archival research.

Volume I covers the social, religious, and political background which led to the formation of the Sikh faith in the fifteenth century. Basing his account on original documents in Persian, Gurumukhi, 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.

About the Author:

Khushwant Singh is a renowned journalist, the author of several works of fiction, and an authority on Sikh history. A former editor of the Illustrated Weekly of India (1979-80), and the Hindustan Times (1980-83), he was Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1986. He returned his Padma Bhushan, awarded in 1974, in protest against the Union Government's siege of the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Excerpts from Review:

'the indispensable reference point for---an historical and sociological understanding of the Sikh condition...these volumes are a tribute to [the] capacity for both a sympathetic and a balanced rendition of Sikh history.'

-Times of India

'Singh had done a good job of turning dry history into informed reading.'

-Sunday Mail

CONTENTS

Preface to the Second Editionvii
Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsx
PART I. FALL OF THE SIKH KINGDOM
1.The Punjab on the Death of Ranjit Singh3
2.First Anglo-Sikh War39
3.The Punjab Under British Occupation54
4.Second Anglo-Sikh War66
PART II. CONSOLIDATION OF BRITISH POWER IN THE PUNJAB
5.Annexation of the Punjab85
6.Sikhs and the Mutiny of 185798
7.Crescat e Fluvils116
PART III. SOCIAL AND RELIGIOUS REFORM
8.Religious Movements123
9.Singh Sabha and Social Reform136
PART IV. POLITICAL MOVEMENTS:
MARXIST, NATIONAL, AND SECTARIAN
10.Rural Indebtedness and Peasant Agitation151
11.World War I and its Aftermath160
12.Xenophobic Marxism168
13.Gurdwara Reform: Rise of the Akali Immortals193
14.Constitutional Reforms and the Sikhs216
PART V. POLITICS OF PARTITION: INDEPENDENCE AND
THE DEMAND FOR A SIKH HOMELAND
15.Sikhs and World War II (1939-45)237
16.Prelude to the Partition of India252
17.Civil Strife, Exodus, and Resettlement262
18.A State of Their Own286
19.Prosperity and Religious Fundamentalism315
20.The Anandpur Sahib Resolution and
Other Akali Demands
337
21.Fatal Miscalculation351
22.Assassination and After373
23.Elections and the Accord385
24.Foreign Connections and Khalistan402
Epilogue410
PART VI. APPENDICES
Appendix 1 Cultural Heritage of the Sikhs441
Appendix 2 Treaty Between the British Government
and the State of Lahore, 9 March 1846
457
Appendix 3 Articles of Agreement Concluded
between the British Government and the
Lahore Durbar on 16 11 March 1846
462
Appendix 4 Articles of Agreement Concluded
Between the British Government and the
Lahore Durbar on 16 December 1846
465
Appendix 5 Mr. Suhrawardy's Statement on
the Riots, 30 September 1946
469
Appendix 6 Anandpur Sahib Resolution471
Appendix 7 Revised List of 15 Demands
Received from the Akali Dal by the
Government in October 1981
479
Appendix 8 Key people in Punjab Politics481
Bibliography485
Index511

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