Symposium: Decline of The Mughal Empire

  title={Symposium: Decline of The Mughal Empire},
  author={Michael N. Pearson},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={221 - 235}
  • M. Pearson
  • Published 1 February 1976
  • History, Economics
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
The decline of the Mughal empire is usually considered to begin late in the reign of the emperor Aurangzib (1658–1707). The favorite explanations consist of circles, or even spirals, usually vicious in nature. One important interpretation sees the decline as originating from an increased taxation burden on the peasantry, who revolted in several areas, ultimately with such success that the empire was weakened. More money was needed to crush more revolts, so there was more oppressive taxation and… 

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