The Lives of the Mughal Emperors

John Reeve

John Reeve

Distributed for British Library

96 pages | 40 color plates | 7 1/2 x 10 | © 2012
Paper $15.00 ISBN: 9780712358873 Published March 2013 For sale in North and South America only
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.
Contents
Map of Mughal Empire in 1601
Notes to the reader
List of key Mughal emperors
Introduction

1. Babur Conquers Hindustan
2. Babur’s New Kingdom
3. Babur and the Paradise Garden
4. Humayun Inherits the Throne
5. Humayun Loses His Kingdom
6. Humayun in Exile
7. Humayun’s Death
8. Akbar’s Early Years
9. Akbar the Man
10. Akbar and Religion
11. Akbar as Patron
12. Akbar the Builder
13. Akbar and Europeans
14. Akbar’s Heavy Cares of State
15. Jahangir
16. 'The Treasury of the World'
17. Jahangir the Hunter
18. Passing the Throne to Shah Jahan
19. The Taj Mahal
20. Women at Court
21. Shah Jahan
22. Dara Shikoh: the Failed Emperor
23. Aurangzeb Secures His Throne
24. Aurangzeb and Greatness
25. Aurangzeb on Campaign
26. Aurangzeb’s Death and Legacy
27. After Aurangzeb
28. The Arts after Aurangzeb
29. The Battle of Panipat
30. Warren Hastings
31. Akbar Shah and His Sons
32. The Red Fort in 1846
33. The Last Mughal Emperor
34. The End of a Dynasty
35. Epilogue

Bibliography
Acknowledgments
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