India before the British - The Mughal Empire and its Rivals, 1526-1857 (HIH1407)

15 credits

This module will introduce students to the history of early modern India (1526-1857) and to sources relevant for studying it. Students will learn about the Mughal empire – one of the three great Islamic empires of the early modern world, and its regional and global rivals. Students will acquire an enriched understanding of the foundations of the British empire in India, by examining the regime it formally replaced, and by studying the process and reasons for that substitution. Students will work with a range of visual and textual sources originally produced in a variety of non-European languages (in English translation). There are no pre- or co-requisite skills or experience for taking the module.