The ‘Great Firm’ Theory of the Decline of the Mughal Empire

  title={The ‘Great Firm’ Theory of the Decline of the Mughal Empire},
  author={Karen B. Leonard},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  pages={151 - 167}
  • K. Leonard
  • Published 1 April 1979
  • History, Economics
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
Most historians of the Mughal empire currently emphasize economic factors in their attempts to locate and measure the causes of imperial decline in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century India. Recent articles reiterate a standard set of tensions: those between monarch, military and service nobles (mansabdars), landholders (zamindars), and peasants. Existing theories attribute the Mughal decline to the nature of the monarchy, the breakdown of the mansabdari administrative system, and the… 
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