[Distributed Books]: The Lives of the Mughal Emperors


The Lives of the Mughal Emperors

John Reeve

Published by the British Library and Distributed by the University of Chicago Press

Publication date: March 15, 2013 96 pages, 40 color plates
ISBN-13: 978-0-7123-5887-3            Paper $15.00

One of the most powerful of all the world’s great dynasties, the Mughals ruled India for over three hundred years. Beginning in 1526, the first six emperors—Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir, Shah Jahan, Aurangzeb—invaded, lost, regained, and greatly expanded an empire that at its peak covered most of preindependent India. But the later rulers were seriously overstretched, increasingly lacking authority, resources, or ability, and by the time the last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, was deposed in 1857, the once-great dynasty held power over just the Red Fort in Delhi.

In The Lives of the Mughal Emperors, John Reeve tells the individual stories of the Mughal emperors and other key officials through the art that was produced at the time. The Mughals were great patrons of the arts, and Reeve reveals them to be not only an enormously powerful dynasty but also one beset by problems of opium and alcohol addiction, brutal familial infighting, and territorial pressures from other political powers. A beautifully illustrated introduction to the Mughal period, this volume will appeal to anyone interested in how the Mughals built and then lost a great empire.
John Reeve was head of education at the British Museum and teaches at the Institute of Education, University of London. He is the author of several books on Asian art and world religion.
Please contact Micah Fehrenbacher at (773) 702-7717 or micahf@uchicago.edu for more information.


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