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Title: State and local power relations in the towns of Gujarat, Surat and Cambay, c.1572-1740
Author: Hasan, Farhat
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 1997
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This work seeks to make an exploratory study of the Mughal state in its local context, as a 'process' in constant negotiation with the local power relations. Unlike most studies on the Mughals, it looks at the state not from the perspective of the imperial center, but of the localities. This shift in perspective entails a preference of 'process' over 'form', of the petty officials and the local power-holders over the jagirdars and the high nobles, of the forms of local power over the imperial grid, and, indeed, of local conflicts and struggles over imperial stability. In short, what the study is primarily concerned with its the local experience of imperial sovereignty. But, this experience emerges through intricate levels of inter-connectedness between the imperial sovereignty and local power relations. And, as we unravel the layers of these connections, we shall be examining the question of the extent to which the system of rule, in its 'everyday form', involved and represented the local system of power. Within our micro-level perspective, we hope, perhaps ambitiously, to rescue the Mughal state from the prevailing structural, homeostatic manner in which it has been depicted in the work on the subject. But, even though we hope to set right the current imbalance that has been caused by the undue influence of the structural-functionalist approach, we do recognize the importance of that approach and its significance in studying the political system. Our own study relies on the forms of power, the state obviously being one such form. We also include in our analysis the local structures of authority and power, on the assumption that these structures were important elements in power relations.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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