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Empire of the Sikhs by [Singh, Patwant, Rai, Jyoti M.]
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Kate Mosse (presenter): 'I was really grateful to have read the book. I knew very little about Sikhism. I was very interested to learn about its history and about Ranjit Singh being a contemporary of Napoleon's, with these two completely different ways of working in India and Europe . . . I think there is no doubt that the two authors are scholars, and the research here is fantastic . . . I loved the early chapters' description of the birth of Sikhism and the beauty of its texts, and it s made me want to know more . . . I also loved the fact that this book is written in Indian English - it hasn't been Americanized, and there is that sense of richness about it.' --Kate Mosse, BBC Radio 4, A Good Read

This is a story well worth telling, and Patwant Singh and Jyoti Rai do so with verve and enthusiasm --David Goodall, The Tablet

Praise for Patwant Singh's 'The Sikhs': 'A balanced, nuanced and well-documented study of a people little understood in the West' --Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Patwant Singh is one of the leading writers on India's history, politics, international affairs and environment, with the most authoritative archive on Sikh history anywhere.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3563 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers; 2 edition (7 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BE650AE
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #389,234 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is a real eye-opener. Very well structured and readable, it is beautifully
written in rich and refined language.

Although a Sikh myself, my UK upbringing meant that I knew very little about the history
of Sikhism or of Punjab. This book does an excellent job in filling in all the gaps for
me. I found it very inspiring - some of the sacrifices and hardships that Sikhs faced in
the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries at the hands of the Mughal rulers are shocking.

This book encaptures the spirit of Sikhism, the values of equality, freedom,
for fighting against oppression, and for the belief in peaceful co-existence
with those of other faiths. The acheivements of the Gurus, the Sikh warriors and rulers
are a real inspiration for any Sikh today.

A must read!
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This book was very informative of Maharaja Ranjeet Singhs life as Maharaja of Punjab. As well as the aftermath after his death, including the two Anglo-Sikh wars. The beginning also includes a brief history of the Sikh Gurus. The illustrations and scanned diagrams were not up to standered, and should have been in higher definition.
I recommend this book to Punjabis and people interested in Sikh and people of the Punjab regions history.
I was disappointed with the illustrations but overall the book was insightful.
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A well researched project. Makes such a fluid reading of the graphic account of the era. Any one interested in history would recommend. An absorbing and makes a compelling reading.
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Its very rare to find any books that detail the life of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. This book starts at the very beginning of his life as well as prior to his birth and discusses the Misl that he belonged to and how it came into existence. Once of the surprises from the book was the discussion regarding Misl's fighting against one another. This was a fact that I was not aware of. The administration capabilities of someone who was uneducated is phenomenal as well as keeping the British at bay as well as out manouvering the Afghans. Perhaps the most surprising thing to emerge from my perspective was that the Koh-i-noor diamond in fact exchanged hands numerous times. All in all this is a very good account.
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A birthday present which was appreciated... This is highly recommended book to own and read...
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