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Mughal Warfare

Indian Frontiers and Highroads to Empire 1500–1700, 1st Edition

By J.J.L. Gommans


288 pages

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Mughal Warfare offers a much-needed new survey of the military history of Mughal India during the age of imperial splendour from 1500 to 1700. Jos Gommans looks at warfare as an integrated aspect of pre-colonial Indian society.

Based on a vast range of primary sources from Europe and India, this thorough study explores the wider geo-political, cultural and institutional context of the Mughal military. Gommans also details practical and technological aspects of combat, such as gunpowder technologies and the animals used in battle. His comparative analysis throws new light on much-contested theories of gunpowder empires and the spread of the military revolution.


'A masterly survey of a critical period in the history of the Subcontinent.' - Simon Gillett

'Gommans' reading of the Mughal secondary literature is refreshingly insightful' - Seema Alavi Modern Asian Studies

'On the Mughal case the argument is pioneering, intellectually stimulating and reflects an extremely intelligent reading of the Mughal literature' - Seema Alavi Modern Asian Studies

About the Series

Warfare and History

This new series of single-authored books on war, warfare and society marks a major new publishing initiative in military history for undergraduate students. Covering the whole span of history, the series seeks to encourage works on the impact of war and the preparations for war on social, economic and political developments. The books will eschew the 'battles and generals' approach, and seek to place militarism in context.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Asia / General
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
HISTORY / Military / General