Jadunath Sarkar

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Sir Jadunath Sarkar
BirthplaceKarchamaria, Natore

Sarkar, Jadunath


Born Dec. 10, 1870, in Karachmaria, Bengal; died May 15, 1958, in Calcutta. Indian historian.

Sarkar’s studies were devoted to the Mogul Empire of the second half of the 17th century and the 18th century and to the Maratha state during its ascendancy. Sarkar worked chiefly from Persian-language sources. He revealed vast historical materials, which had been unknown to scholars, on late feudalism in India. As a professor of history in Calcutta, Patna, Varanasi, and Kataka, he trained a number of eminent Indian historians. In India, Sarkar’s numerous fundamental works are considered classics and have been reprinted many times.


History of Aurangzib, 2nd ed., vols. 1–5. Calcutta, 1930.
Fall of the Mughal Empire (1739–1803), 2nd ed., vols. 1–4. Calcutta, 1949–52.
Shivaji and His Times, 6th ed. Calcutta, 1961.
House of Shivaji, 3rd ed. Calcutta, 1955.
Mughal Administration, 3rd ed. Calcutta, 1935.
Anecdotes of Aurangzib, 3rd ed. Calcutta, 1949.
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