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The Crisis of Empire in Mughal North India: Awadh and Punjab, 1707-48

Muzaffar Alam


The period following the death of Aurangzeb has been viewed as the beginning of the decline and decay of the Mughal empire. Examining two contrasting regions of north India — Awadh and Punjab — this pioneering work shows how the period 1707–48 saw the emergence of a new order with local and regional idioms. Muzaffar Alam focuses on the interplay of imperial collapse with regional restructuring. He contends that even as the empire declined, there emerged a new, regionally-based political order, maintained and controlled by former Mughal rulers. From agrarian uprisings to the jagirdari system, t ... More

Keywords: Mughal empire, Awadh, Punjab, North India, imperial collapse, political order

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780198077411
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077411.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Muzaffar Alam, author
Bobrinskoy Professor, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago