This important book provides a new perspective on the decline of the Mughal Empire,departing from the existing appraisement of Aurangzeb,the functioning of the Mughal nobility and the crisis of the jagirdari system.It re-examines in detail the first half of the eighteenth century, which was a period of party struggle and political controversies.This was the phase in which struggle for liberal and orthodox policies identified as the policies of Akbar and Aurangzeb jostled with each other.The book will continue to be an invaluable resource for historians and students of medieval and later-medieval India.
Satish Chandra retired as Professor of History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, in 1987. Since then he was active in the Society for Indian Ocean Studies for which he is the Vice Chairman. He is the Chairman of the twelve volumes comprising History of India Scheme prepared by the Indian History Congress. He was an Associate Director Research, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris in 1982, 1986, Member of the Governing Council United Nations University, Tokyo.He is also the author of Medieval India