John F. Richards Prize Recipients
The John F. Richards Prize in South Asian History recognizes the most distinguished work of scholarship on South Asian history published in English during the previous calendar year.
2015 Richards Prize
Richard M. Eaton, Univ. of Arizona
Phillip B. Wagoner, Wesleyan Univ.
Power, Memory, Architecture: Contested Sites on India’s Deccan Plateau, 1300–1600 (Oxford Univ. Press)
Eaton and Wagoner analyze the built landscape of the Deccan plateau during a period of intense political conflict, showing how the meanings of that landscape were contested and mobilized by succeeding rulers, who drew on both Sanskrit and Persianate cosmologies. Deploying an innovative, multi-disciplinary methodology, shaped as much by on-the-ground analysis of historical remains as by the study of Sanskrit, Persian, and Telugu texts, their book provides critical new insights on the history of this era.