on 11 October 2012
Perhaps it should have been given away by the title 'The Mughal Throne' but this book has a monarchical focus that detracts from it's ability to maintain a readers interest, or from their ability to remember much about the book. Having read it, I can tell you the succession of different rulers, some of their policies, but mostly about the campaigns and rebellions they fought.
Although a great deal of the book is talking about campaigns, I have little conceptual understanding of them because their is not a single map in the book, and my knowledge of Indian geography is not extensive enough that I understand what it is flee with an army from 'Random Indian Town X' to 'Random Indian Town Y'.
And disappointingly I still have very little understanding of what life was like under the Mughals for the people living there. I don't really even have a sense of what it was like for people living in the court. All told, I wouldn't recommend this book, but I don't know any better ones about that period of Indian history either.
I the upside, it has given me a better basis to begin reading around about Indian history: I understand who the key emporers were; why; and what the major changes during the reigns were. So that's the good bit.
on 14 February 2009
Very interestingly put together. I must say this book is an eye opener. There is a lot this book can teach us today. All that mughals did was to safeguard their own interest. Mughals were indeed the pioneers in rapid urbanisation in otherwise a predominant rural India. From literrary advancement to the life sciences reasearches, gardens to the most stunning mosques,forts and the Taj their contribution to India is immense. Thogh not very popular with masses they do actualy represent India to the world even now. Abrahm Early is a gifted book writer.