The Decline of the Mughal Empire

Hardcover | May 17, 2014

EditorMeena Bhargava

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The Mughal Empire is a fascinating mosaic in the history of India. The "decline" of the Mughal Empire, along with its power, wealth, stability, territoriality, and exquisite and surreal character, has engaged historians for several decades in a complex and contentious debate. This volumeexplores the divergent views and discussions that surround the withering of this empire and focuses on the different paradigms and assumptions that have shaped the interpretations of this decline. A part of the Debates in Indian History and Society series, this volume tackles questions regarding the Mughal Empire. Was the decline a mere deterioration of power over a period of roughly thirty to fifty years or did the decentralizing tendencies of the empire become more apparent and aggressiveduring these particular years? Did the decline of the Mughal Empire lead to a 'dark age', or notwithstanding the decline and the political collapse of the centre, did the Indian economy and polity continue to flourish? This book will be of interest to students, teachers, and scholars of medieval and modern Indian history.

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The Mughal Empire is a fascinating mosaic in the history of India. The "decline" of the Mughal Empire, along with its power, wealth, stability, territoriality, and exquisite and surreal character, has engaged historians for several decades in a complex and contentious debate. This volumeexplores the divergent views and discussions that...

Meena Bhargava is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. Among her other publications is Women, Education and Politics (OUP, 2005).
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.75 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:May 17, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198090560

ISBN - 13:9780198090564

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Series Editors' NotePrefaceAcknowledgmentsMeena Bhargava: Introduction1. W. H. Moreland: The Economic Influence of the Administration (excerpts) and Summary and Conclusion (excerpts) [final title to be decided in consultation with the volume editor and contributor]2. Satish Chandra: The Jagirdari Crisis, A Fresh Look3. Irfan Habib: The Agrarian Causes of the Fall of the Mughal Empire4. John F. Richards: The Imperial Crisis in the Deccan5. Michael N. Pearson: Shivaji and the Decline of the Mughal Empire6. Karen Leonard: The 'Great Firm' Theory of the Decline of the Mughal Empire7. M. Athar Ali: The Passing of the Empire, The Mughal Case8. Chetan Singh: The Structure of Administration9. Philip Calkins: The Formation of a Regionally Oriented Ruling Group in Bengal, 1700-174010. Muzaffar Alam: From The Crisis of Empire in Mughal North India: Awadh and Punjab, 1707-4811. Christopher A. Bayly: From Rulers, Townsmen and Bazaars: North Indian Society in the Age of British Expansion 1770-187012. Stewart Gordon: The Slow Conquest: Administrative Integration of Malwa into the Maratha Empire, 1720-60About the Editor and ContributorsIndex