The History of India, as Told by its Own Historians
21 Mar 2013
Cambridge University Press
Elliot, Henry Miers; Dowson, John
This extensive eight-volume work was first published between 1867 and 1877 by the linguist John Dowson (1820-81) from the manuscripts of the colonial administrator and scholar Sir Henry Miers Elliot (1808-53). Before his death, hoping to bolster British colonial ideology, Elliot had intended to evaluate scores of Arabic and Persian historians of India, believing that his translations would demonstrate the violence of the Muslim rulers and 'make our native subjects more sensible of the immense advantages accruing to them under the mildness and the equity of our rule'. Volume 4 covers the death of Timur in 1405 and continues to Akbar (1542-1605), including the autobiography of Babur (1483-1530), the Tarikh-i-Sher Shahi (1580), and the Tarikh-i-Daudi, covering the fall of the Karrani dynasty of Bengal and the rise of Akbar. The appendices discuss further anecdotal and related literature of the age.