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The Mughal Empire

The Mughal Empire

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Part of The New Cambridge History of India

  • Date Published: January 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521566032

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  • The Mughal empire was one of the largest centralized states in the premodern world and this volume traces the history of this magnificent empire from its creation in 1526 to its breakup in 1720. Richards stresses the dynamic quality of Mughal territorial expansion, their institutional innovations in land revenue, coinage and military organization, ideological change and the relationship between the emperors and Islam. He also analyzes institutions particular to the Mughal empire, such as the jagir system, and explores Mughal India's links with the early modern world.

    • A concise and up-to-date synthesis of a magnificent period in the history of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh
    • Written by a leading specialist of Mughal history
    • Examines the creation, operation and destruction of the Mughal empire
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This is a succinct, readable, and comprehensible summary of one of the most important eras in India's history....It should become the major text on Mughal history." Choice

    "Richards's volume fills an important gap. Until now there has been no basic narrative, political history of the Mughal empire....Richards's approach has the virtue of integrating a great deal of the newest research into a familiar framework....His clear and concise synthesis of the new scholarship on the Mughal empire in India provides a context for the student and a point of departure for all subsequent scholarly work in the field." American Historical Review

    "...a clearly written, intelligent synthesis of scholarship on a major topic of the history of the Indian subcontinent. The volume will, without doubt, become the textbook of choice for this subject." Barbara D. Metcalf, Asian Thought and Society

    "...a readable, expanded narrative history of the Mughal Empire from its foundation in 1526 to the onset of its decline in the early eighteenth century. It is written and organized in the familiar Cambridge History style, and will serve as a suitable standard reference for general Mughal political history." Richard Foltz, Harvard Middle East and Islamic Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521566032
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.578kg
    • contains: 6 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Conquest and stability
    2. The new Empire
    3. Autocratic centralism
    4. Land revenue and rural society
    5. Jahangir 1605–1627
    6. Shah Jahan 1628–1658
    7. The war of succession
    8. Imperial expansion under Aurangzeb 1658–1689
    9. The economy, societal change and international trade
    10. Maratha insurgency and Mughal conquest in the Deccan
    11. The Deccan war
    12. Decline and collapse, 1707–1720
    Bibliographic essay.

  • Author

    John F. Richards, Duke University, North Carolina

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