Past Imperfect podcast: Priya Atwal, Royals and Rebels: The Rise and Fall of the Sikh Empire

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Episode 6 of Past Imperfect features Priya Atwal, Community History Fellow at Oxford University and author of Royals and Rebels: The Rise and Fall of the Sikh Empire (2020).

In Royals and Rebels, Priya Atwal recovers female power and agency in the affairs of the Sikh Empire (1799-1849). Ranjit Singh might have been the Sher-e-Punjab, but Atwal demonstrates that his empire owed much of its success to royal women. They managed estates, advised and tutored princes and maharajas, and even coordinated the logistics of military campaigns. Rani Jindan, Ranjit Singh’s last queen, is the best known of these women, but Atwal shows that her daring and pluck came from a much longer history of female power in Punjab.

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