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Royals and Rebels: The Rise and Fall of the Sikh Empire

Priya Atwal


In late-eighteenth-century India, the glory of the Mughal emperors was fading, and ambitious newcomers seized power, changing the political map forever. Enter the legendary Maharajah Ranjit Singh, whose Sikh Empire stretched throughout northwestern India into Afghanistan and Tibet. Priya Atwal shines fresh light on this long-lost kingdom, looking beyond its founding father to restore the queens and princes to the story of this empire’s spectacular rise and fall. She brings to life a self-made ruling family, inventively fusing Sikh, Mughal and European ideas of power, but eventually succumbing ... More

Keywords: Sikh, Empire, Jind Kaur, Punjab, Royalty, Ranjit Singh, Colonialism, East India Company, Duleep Singh, Gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197548318
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197548318.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Priya Atwal, author
University of Oxford