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Mark Wilks: The First Historian of Modern Karnataka

Title:Mark Wilks: The First Historian of Modern Karnataka
Publication:Itihasa Darshana / Karnataka Itihasa Academy, Bangalore
Enumeration:Vol 8, 1993
Abstract:Wilks was the Resident of Mysore from 1803 to 1808 and before that had taken part in III and IV Anglo Mysore wars.He has written History of Mysore which includes history of South India with special impetus on history of Mysore from Wodeyar times to Hyder and Tippu.To write this history he took the help of Dewan Purnaiya, the best informed native.His chapters on wars of his times are invaluable to military historians.He also deals with economic aspects, infact he started the discussion of who owned the land in India , the king or peasant?Critics have acclaimed his work as the first example of a work based on critical examination of testimony and probability.

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