Rupa to publish The Economy of the Maratha Kingdom: c. 1595–1707 by Kedar M. Phalke

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In seventeenth-century India, the Marathas were rooted in the vocation of cultivation, working as tillers, peasants and landowners. They were also active in the field of politics and administration, and the rulers of the Maratha clan were revered for service to their subjects. 

In his classic work The Economy of the Maratha Kingdom, historian Kedar Phalke, through his in-depth research, provides an excellent account of the Maratha Kingdom’s economy, administration and social structure in seventeenth-century India. 

This book sheds light on a variety of issues that played a role in the rise of the kingdom, including revenue administration, agrarian economy, markets of the seventeenth century, sources of revenue, diffusion and consumption of revenue, foreign trade, currency system, demography and Mughal decline. 

The Economy of the Maratha Kingdom is an excellent account of many untold facts that have been unearthed by the author through his years of dedicated research.


Kedar Mahadevrao Phalke earned his master’s in Commerce and Management from Shivaji University, Kolhapur. He completed his postdoctoral research from Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute, Pune. His doctoral thesis Administrative System of Chhatrapati Shivaji: Relevance to Modern Management was thoroughly eulogized. Among his many other books, he has authored Adnyapatra: Shivchhatrapatinchi Rajneeti, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Shivraj Bhushan, Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharajanchi Rajneeti, Shivchhatrapatincha Warsa: Swarajya te SamrajyaThe Legacy of Chhatrapati Shivaji: Kingdom to Empire and Forts Architecture of Chhatrapati Shivaji.

He has received scholarships to conduct research on different subjects from prestigious institutes such as The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune, and Indian Council of Historical Research, Delhi. He is a life member of Bharat Itihas Samshodhak Mandal, Pune; Shri Shivaji Raigad Smarak Mandal, Pune; and The Asiatic Society, Mumbai.

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