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A Brief History of the Great Moghuls

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This text chronicles the history of the extraordinarily talented dynasty of emperors, nicknamed by travellers returning to Europe, the Great Moghuls for their almost limitless power and incomparable wealth. The book deals with one of the most interesting periods of Indian history, the 16th and 17th centuries, providing a picture of the country's most flamboyant rulers, the ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published May 30th 2002 by Robinson Publishing (first published October 7th 1971)
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Brahadeesh No, It is Apolitical for the most part. It is a brief narrative of the Mughal rule in India and the socioeconomic and political situation that shaped…moreNo, It is Apolitical for the most part. It is a brief narrative of the Mughal rule in India and the socioeconomic and political situation that shaped up the personalities and the decisions of each emperor. It does not focus on oppression of Hindus specifically, yet some parts of Aurangazeb's rules covers the fundamentals of fanaticism that time.(less)
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This is an absolutely marvelous book – five-stars without any hesitation – and maybe even six… (my usual grade-inflation fully in play here, I guess… ;-)). In other words, I loved it…!

In reading Robert Kaplan’s wonderful Monsoon last month, I came to realize that there was one *really* giant hole in my understanding of world history – that while I knew something about the Mediterranean and Asia…, and now, about the Indian Ocean littoral -- the land bridge between was a veritable blank. And yet,
Azimah  Othman
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gives a brief history and the politics of the first six emperors of the Moghul Empire namely Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb. My initial interest is to read Babur, Akbar and Aurangzeb.

1. Babur (1483-1530)

I thought it would be an easy read but I was wrong. How could you fit all of Babur in 37 pages when the stage is huge? I actually ended up with a quick revision of Temur and then the history of the Delhi Sultanate.

Babur is 5 generations after Temur ( 1336-140
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Great Moghuls by Bamber Gascoigne is a nearly complete summary of the Mughal rule in India. Starting from the description of how the Mughals came to India, to the end of their rule and the slow process of their overthrowing by the East India Company. The book is divided into chapters under the name of each of the Great Moghuls. How, why and when each one took over the throne, what were they like, their achievements, their daily routine, the drawbacks of their rule, everything has been precis ...more
Faisal Bukhari
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who are interested in history,especially Indo-Pak history.
Recommended to Faisal by: saw at a book shop
A good short history of Moghul rule.
Writing style is not very good, as is typical with history books.
It is a good book to start reading about Indo-Pak history.
Again recommended for those who are interested in history,especially Indo-Pak history.
Maong aier
Dec 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Monty Medhi
I have always been interested in the history of the world, more specifically the history of the Indian Heritage. The Great Moguls is about the Mogul emperors that ruled this country and how every heritage added to the dynasty that their great grandfathers once created in India. This rather interesting history books starts from the most famous emperor, Babur, and how he had to start living his life from when he is was 16 years old. By this I mean that he had to start his own kingdom by the age of ...more
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
More than 7 years ago I travelled India and bought this book. I first noticed it was written by the Englishman Bamber Gascoigne, original presenter of University Challenge, when I started to read it this week! Being British, like Gascoigne, I was interested in their involvement and he includes their sources.

If you're confused who the Moghuls are and where they came from then you're not alone. This is a great introduction (as it plainly states: A Brief History) of the first 6 Moghul Emperors of
Simon Dobson
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
An excellent brief history of India's most dramatic rulers.

Two elements really stand out. The first is the Gascoigne is an excellent art historian, able to put the architecture of the Moghuls into perspective and sometimes rejecting the conventional readings of the various buildings. Secondly, he highlights some of the facets of "harem culture" that seem incomprehensible to modern readers, the influence of sequestered wives, favourites, and concubines on their emperors.

Actually there's a third
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went for a stroll in Boston two months back and I stumbled into this amazing book. This is one of the interesting and well narrated "His"-story books I have ever read. It starts with a preface of the origins of Mughal dynasty and narrates the rule of the First six emperors along with interesting gossips. The narrator/author also provides sources wherever needed and specifies the factual conflicts whenever he encounters one. The description of architectural styles of each Mughal ruler is an int ...more
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a really well written and quite entertaining history of the six main Moghul emperors of note in India. The author is not beyond adding opinion in the form of subtle carefully worded sarcastic comments. Some would argue that opinion should be beyond the history teller, but i would argue that within reason, and with limited, judicious application, can very much add to the enjoyment of the stories told. The emperors are given generally sympathetic treatment without being significantly bias ...more
Steve Scott
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Excellent book. I had to rate it a star down because the copy I received was bound with thirty pages missing.

That said, I plan on getting another copy so I can read those pages. At that point I'll likely give it a five star. Well written, colorful. It makes me want to go to India and see some of the sites.
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
At last a book on History that isn't weighed down by long winded accounts & stiff language! Its a unique book on the Mughals that explains their rise & fall in the form of a biographical account of each emperor: his eccentricities, character traits,ideology & personality.

This book is an amazing read! Even better if you can own a copy.
Anand Ganapathy
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ourlibrary
Not as enthralling as Waldemar Hansen's the peacock throne , but brilliant nevertheless. A book thoroughly researched and packed with information. Photographs by Christina Hansen deserve special mention.
K.M. Ellis
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adore anything with Shan Jahan and the Taj Mahal. The struggle for the throne after Shan Jahans death is one of my favorite parts
Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art, history, asia, india
Decided to re-read it given my trip to Delhi in a couple of weeks and how much I liked it the first time.
Azeem Ali
A brief account of the Moghuls but a good read.The photography in the book is good too.
Gillian Morris
Entertaining, well written history of the Islamic rulers of India.
Ramnik Chhabra
Aug 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
a short history of the great mughal emperors from babur to aurangzeb
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Bamber Gascoigne is an Eton and Cambridge educated television presenter and author. He was for several years a drama critic for the "Spectator" and the "Observer", and has written a number of books on theatre, art and cultural history.

He came to fame as the presenter of the popular television quiz show, University Challenge (1962 - 1987) and subsequently wrote and presented a 13-part TV series, "T
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