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The Mughal Throne Paperback – February 5, 2004
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This is a majesterial history covering six reigns of that larger-than-life empire... this paperback edition improves on the hardback with some full colour illustrations.
Fans of Starkey or Schama should now look east with Abraham Eraly... This edition improves on the hardback with a sumptuous selection of Mughal art.―BOYD TONKIN
Eraly's exhilarating saga of India's great emperors celebrates the last golden age of India, a great multicultural period of imperial achievement.
An unashamedly old-fashioned narrative history of the Mughal Emperors.
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The focus of the book is the emperors themselves. It begins with Babur, who came out of Central Asia, a descendent of Tamerlane, who established the dynasty in North India. Babur also wrote an autobiography which detailed the principle events of his life which makes fascinating reading even today (Modern Library has recently reissued it in paperback).
Babur was succeded by his son Humayun, who has to be one of the most unlucky rulers of the 16th century. There was the usual strife between him and his siblings (which became the standard way of doing business as time progressed) which undermined the stability of the throne. Humayan spent a lengthy period in Persia which had longstanding cultural implications for the Mughals.
Fortunately for the dynasty,during its exile Sher Khan, whose 5 year rule allowed for certain administrative reforms that allowed the restored Mughal dynasty a certain degree of financial independence and the resources to build the great monuments and to extend its control from the north of India down to south. Many historians have downplayed Sher Khan's legacy, but Eraly is quite thorough in addressing this point.
Humayan died of a freak accident while pursuing his hobby of astonomy.Read more ›
"The Mughal Throne: The Saga of India's Great Emperors," is the first released third volume of a four part history of India, and though it is far from the definitive work on the Mughals it is a well written, and exciting saga - just what the title says it would be - a narrative that hits all the high points, and delves into just enough detail not to loose the casual historian or India-phile.
If you want to know India, especially Northern India, you must know the Mughals, and they're a family worth knowing. (If you like the Medici's, you'll love the Mughals.) Their reign was short in the scheme of Indian history, but stamped the country for all time.
It is difficult for a historian to be unbiased because personal preference always creeps in along with contemporary judgement. When a favorite personage used stratagem and would trust no one, he was prudent and wise. The same from a disliked personage would be treachery and paranoia. Flamboyant rulers are exciting so flaws are forgiven. Conservative rulers are boring so must be held accountable. When Akbar was lenient, he was magnanimous. When Aurangzeb did the same, he was weak. Fortunately, this book did a good job trying to balance the perspective and explain the differences between then and now. But there are still plenty of preaching from a modern point of view.
I give this book 5 stars because it is well researched and well written. It is a digest and a catalogue. Anyone interested in any of these emperors can then proceed to more specific history of the individual emperor because Mughal emperors were big at having biographies and haliographies of themselves.
Babur, the tiger cub descendant of Chingis and Tamerlane, spent most of his life running. Pushed out of Central Asia by the Uzbeks, he found a foothold in Kabul.Read more ›
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If you're looking for a general history of India in the Mughal period, keep looking. Mr. Eraly doesn't waste time with economic or social history or attempts to uncover the life of... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book took me over ! I was transported to the past. I wish the author had given more personal details about the characters of the sage. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Fuad Malik
Extracting history out of this book is like watching news on Fox New Network. It may sound interesting to you if you happen to share that viewpoint, but distortions are plenty to... Read morePublished on September 19, 2013 by S. Kumar
I liked Abragam Eraly's style and the deep sweep of Mughal history he covered. The book is a must for Indian Islamic history afficianados,Published on May 30, 2013 by Navin Kumar
This is the best book I have ever read on Mughul India. There are many dry and boring histories available on any period in history but this book brings history to life. Read morePublished on March 2, 2010 by Mr. C. A. Lachman
This is a standard book of history with it's regrettable almost sole focus on the soap operas of the leaders. Read morePublished on May 3, 2009 by Roshan