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Syllabus of University of Pune F.Y.B.A. Defence and Strategic Studies-Military system of India
Military system of India
(Up to Revolt of 1857)
[India, right from its ancient period, had organized systems of warfare, even
though its war over smarted by foreign aggressors often. This paper attempts to
familiarize the military system of selected monarchs/era.]
1. Meaning, Scope and sources of Military History.
2. Military System In Ancient India
a) Military system of vedic period
b) Alexander’s invasion of India (Battle of Hydaspes).
c) Mauryan military system (Kautilya’s philosophy of war organization,
Art of war etc.)
d) Guptas’ military System.
3. Military System In Medieval India
a) Rajputs Military system
b) Turkish military system (Battle of Somnath & Battle of Terrain I & II)
c) Sultanate Military system & military reforms.
d) Mughal Military system – (Battle of Panipat I & Battle of Haldighat)
4. Military System In Maratha Period
a) The rise and the conquest of Shivaji
b) Shivaji’s art of warfare
c) Organisation of Maratha Army and Navy in the 17th century.
d) The decline of Marathas
5. The Sikh Military System
a) Rise of Sikh militarism (rise of Guru Gobind Singh)
b) Military system of Maharaja Ranjit Singh
c) Introduction of Anglo – Sikh wars
d) Causes of decline of Sikh militarism
6. Rise Of Presidency Army
a) British conquest of Bengal (Battle of Plassey)
b) Military causes of Revolt of 1857
c) Causes of failures of the revolt.
Reference Books :-
1) R.C.Dikshitar – War in Ancient India, Madras, 1948
2) K.B.Kangley – Kautilya Arthshastra, Bombay – 1922
3) J.N.Sarkar – Military History of India, New Delhi – 1973
4) S.N.Sen – The Military system of Marathas, New Delhi – 1977
5) Brig. K.G.Pitre – War History of the Marathas, Pune – 1988
6) A.R.Kulkarni – The Marathas, New Delhi – 1996
7) Chopra, Puri, Das & Pradhan – A New Advanced History of India, New
Delhi – 1996.
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