From Indus to Independence - A Trek Through Indian History


Vol VII Named for Victory : The Vijayanagar Empire



This is the seventh volume of the series on Indian history, From Indus to Independence: A Trek through Indian History, and provides the history of the great Vijayanagara Empire. Named in aspiration of victory—in both the spiritual and temporal realms—Vijayanagara more than lived up to its name for more than three centuries, before it was brought down by a number of factors, some of them beyond its control. 
Vijayanagara was established at a critical juncture in the politico-religious history of Peninsular India. Even though it was not proclaimed as such, there is no doubt that the kingdom was created as the answer to the ferocious Islamic invasions of the 'Deep South' that was becoming a regular feature in Peninsular India. It succeeded in holding back the invading armies, for three long centuries, thereby blunting the zeal and urgency of the Islamic conquest. These three centuries provided the balm to make the interaction between Hinduism and Islam more congenial than at the outset of the Islamic invasion of the Deccan Plateau.  
This book provides a detailed historical narrative of the great Vijayanagara Empire and carries out an assessment of its successes and failures. The book provides the reader with an in-depth understanding of the irrevocable and fundamental forces of history that have been instrumental in forming the present that we live today.

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  • Pages: 536
  • 9789389620504 • HARDBACK • Jul 2020 • Rs.1650
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  • Subjects: Indian History
  • From Indus to Independence - A Trek Through Indian History
author details

Dr Sanu Kainikara is an ex-fighter pilot of the Indian Air Force and currently a practising Military Strategist residing in Canberra, Australia. He holds a Master of Science degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras, and his PhD in International Politics was awarded by the University of Adelaide in Australia. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales and the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Regional Security.  

Dr Kainikara is the author of 11 books on national security and strategy, military forces and air power. He is a keen student of Indian history and is in the process of writing the history of India in a series of books titled From Indus to Independence: A Trek through Indian History. The first three volumes of the series have already been published and the fourth is nearing completion. He has also published a collection of political essays titled The Asian Crucible. He is a regular contributor to the Eurasia Review. 

Sanu is the author of numerous papers on international politics, national security issues, and security strategy that have been published in reputed international journals; and has presented papers, on invitation, in a number of International Conferences around the world.



Author’s Preface
Introduction 

SECTION I
SOUTH INDIA – 14TH CENTURY
Chapter 1 Islamic Rule Permeates The Deccan 
Chapter 2 Uprisings, Revolts and Rebellions

SECTION 
DISPUTED ORIGINS
Chapter 3 Disputed Origins: The Continuing Debate 
Chapter 4 The Empire and a Matha Vijayanagara and Sringeri Matha: The Intimate Connection

SECTION III
THE SANGAMA DYNASTY
Chapter 5 An Astute Beginning 
Chapter 6 Territorial Expansion Under Bukka Raya I 
Chapter 7 Stabilisation: Vira Harihara Raya II 
Chapter 8 Altering the Balance of Power 
Chapter 9 Dynastic Greatness 
Chapter 10 A Whimpering End 
Chapter 11 Vijayanagara – The City of Victory At the Height of Sangama Power 

SECTION IV
THE SALUVA DYNASTY
Chapter 12 Antecedents 
Chapter 13 An Inglorious Demise 

Section V
THE TULUVA DYNASTY
Chapter 14 The Third Dynasty Takes Over 
Chapter 15 Krishna Deva Raya – Coming to Power 
Chapter 16 Krishna Deva Raya – On the War Path 
Chapter 17 Krishna Deva Raya – Deccan Campaign and an Inglorious End 
Chapter 18 Krishna Deva Raya – King, Warrior, Statesman 
Chapter 19 Diminishing Stature 
Chapter 20 The De Facto Reign of Rama Raya 
Chapter 21 Rama Raya – Establishing Aravidu Rule 

SECTION VI
COLLAPSE OF AN EMPIRE
Chapter 22 The Battle of Rakshasa-Tangadi 
Chapter 23 The Aftermath 
Chapter 24 Rama Raya – A Retrospective Analysis 
Chapter 25 Recouping The Kingdom After the Defeat 

SECTION VII
THE ARAVIDU DYNASTY
Chapter 26 Aravidu Rule is Formalised 
Chapter 27 Sri Ranga Deva Raya I 
Chapter 28 The Viceroyalties 
Chapter 29 Venkata Deva Raya II 
Chapter 30 Rebellions and Declining Fortunes 
Chapter 31 A Civil War and Succession Decay Sets in 
Chapter 32 Venkata Deva Raya III Racing Towards Oblivion 
Chapter 33 Sri Ranga Deva Raya III - The Curtain Falls 

SECTION VIII
AN EMPIRE CALLED VIJAYANAGARA
Chapter 34 The Concept of The King-Emperor 
Chapter 35 On Society, Religion and Other Aspects 
Chapter 36 Revenue Management and Judicial Administration 
Chapter 37 War and Diplomacy 

CONCLUDING ANALYSIS
Conclusion 
Epilogue: Post Imperial Oblivion 
Postscript: Song Celestial: The Ruins of Hampi 
Bibliography 
Index