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The New Cambridge History of India: The Mughal Empire (Hardback)
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The New Cambridge History of India: The Mughal Empire (Hardback)

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Hardback 340 Pages / Published: 18/03/1993
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The Mughal empire was one of the largest centralised states in pre-modern world history. It was founded in the early 1500s and by the end of the following century the Mughal emperor ruled almost the entire Indian subcontinent with a population of between 100 and 150 millions. The Mughal emperors displayed immense wealth and the ceremonies, music, poetry, and exquisitely executed paintings and objects of the imperial court created a distinctive aristocratic high culture. In this volume, Professor John Richards traces the history of this magnificent empire from its creation in 1526 to its breakup in 1720. He stresses the dynamic quality of Mughal territorial expansion, their institutional innovation in land revenue, coinage and military organisation, ideological change and the relationship between the emperors and Islam. Professor Richards also analyses institutions particular to the Mughal empire, such as the jagir system, and explores Mughal India's links with the early modern world.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521251198
Number of pages: 340
Weight: 670 g
Dimensions: 239 x 156 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This excellent monograph sets for itself the goal of providing a one-volume synthesis accessible to the non-specialist, of a period in India's past which has had an enduring impact and influence on the region's political, economic and cultural history.' The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History
"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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