The Crisis of Empire in Mughal North India: Awadh and Punjab, 1707-48

Paperback | April 4, 2013

byMuzaffar Alam

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The period following the death of Aurangzeb has been viewed as the beginning of the decline and decay of the Mughal empire. Examining two contrasting regions of north India-Awadh and Punjab-this pioneering work shows how the period 1707-48 saw the emergence of a new order with local andregional idioms. Muzaffar Alam focuses on the interplay of imperial collapse with regional restructuring. He contends that even as the empire declined, there emerged a new, regionally-based political order, maintained and controlled by former Mughal rulers. From agrarian uprisings to the jagirdarisystem, the Sikhs to the Zamindars, this book presents a bold new interpretation of an important transition in this period. This edition comes with a new introduction. This book is an important reading for students, scholars, and teachers of Mughal history and early modern India.

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The period following the death of Aurangzeb has been viewed as the beginning of the decline and decay of the Mughal empire. Examining two contrasting regions of north India-Awadh and Punjab-this pioneering work shows how the period 1707-48 saw the emergence of a new order with local andregional idioms. Muzaffar Alam focuses on the inte...

Muzaffar Alam is George V. Bobrinskoy Professor, South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.01 inPublished:April 4, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198077416

ISBN - 13:9780198077411

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List of MapsAcknowledgementsNotes on TransliterationList of AbbreviationsIntroduction1. Breakdown of Imperial Organization2. The Changing Position of the Governor3. The Zamindars, the Madad-i Ma'ash Holders and Mughal Administration in Awadh c. 1707-17224. Mughal Power, the Sikhs and other Local Groups in the Punjab5. The Punjab after 1715, the Zamindars and the Problems Facing the Provincial Government6. Growth of Nawabi Rule in Awadh and its Relations with Local Social Groups7. The Imperial Court, the New Subadars and the RegionConclusionBibliographyIndex