The period following the death of Aurangzeb has been viewed as the beginning of the decline and decay of the Mughal empire.
Examining two contrasting regions of north India-Awadh and Punjab-this pioneering work shows how the period 1707-48 saw the emergence of a new order with local and regional idioms.
Muzaffar Alam focuses on the interplay of imperial collapse with regional restructuring.
He contends that even as the empire declined, there emerged a new, regionally-based political order, maintained and controlled by former Mughal rulers.
From agrarian uprisings to the jagirdari system, the Sikhs to the Zamindars, this book presents a bold new interpretation of an important transition in this period.
This edition comes with a new introduction. This book is an important reading for students, scholars, and teachers of Mughal history and early modern India.