HISTORY 456 - Mughal India
Fall 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History


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May not be repeated for credit.


This course will examine the political, social, cultural, and religious history of India during the period of the Mughal Empire (1526-1858). The Mughal Empire was one of the great empires of the early modern world, encompassing the vast majority of the Indian subcontinent at its height and with more wealth and subjects than either of its two great contemporaries, the Ottomans and the Safavids. This course will explore the larger historical and geographical contexts that enabled this political dynasty, originally based in Central Asia and Afghanistan, to emerge as the preeminent power in the Indian subcontinent. It will analyze the nature of Mughal rule, looking specifically at the evolving nature of Mughal state structure, how a majority non- Muslim population was accommodated, the interactions between religious communities, and Mughal contributions to Indian aesthetics in the arenas of architecture, art, and music. We will examine how Mughal power was challenged, the rise of “successor” states across the subcontinent -- analyzing the political, social, and cultural implications of the devolution of power in the eighteenth century, and the eventual assumption of political control by the British crown in 1858. The British assertion of political sovereignty in India was the result of a sustained engagement with Indian society through much of the Mughal period. We will thus trace the relationship between British trading interests and Indian society in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, during which the English East India Company was transformed from a trading concern to a political sovereign in India. Lastly, we will explore perceptions of India’s Mughal past in contemporary South Asia.

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HISTORY 456 - Mughal India
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