The Passing of Empire: The Mughal Case

  title={The Passing of Empire: The Mughal Case},
  author={M. Athar Ali},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={385 - 396}
  • M. A. Ali
  • Published 1 May 1975
  • History
  • Modern Asian Studies
There have been numerous attempts to explain the fall of the Mughal Empire; and I truly feel great hesitation in adding myself to the long list of its exponents. To historians like Irvine and Sarkar, the decline could be explained in terms of a personal deterioration in the quality of the kings and their nobles. The harem influence grew—and women, for some strange unscientific reason, are always supposed to be a bad influence. The kings and nobles became more luxury loving, though no-one has… 
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