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Author De la Garza, Andrew, 1968- author

Title The Mughal Empire at war : Babur, Akbar and the Indian military revolution, 1500-1605 / Andrew de la Garza
Edition First edition
Published New York, NY : Routledge, 2016
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Description 1 online resource
Series Asian states and empires ; 12
Asian states and empires ; 12
Contents 1. A Mughal military revolution? -- 2. Changing ways of war -- 3. Tools fo war : weapons, equipment and technology -- 4. Waging war : tactics and operations -- 5. Learning war : recruitment and training -- 6. Supporting war : logistics and non-combat tasks -- 7. An unfinished revolution
Summary "The Mughal Empire was one of the great powers of the early modern era, ruling almost all of South Asia, a conquest state, dominated by its military elite. Many historians have viewed the Mughal Empire as relatively backward, the Emperor the head of a traditional warband from Central Asia, with tribalism and the traditions of the Islamic world to the fore, and the Empire not remotely comparable to the forward looking Western European states of the period, with their strong innovative armies implementing the "military revolution". This book argues that, on the contrary, the military establishment built by the Emperor Babur and his successors was highly sophisticated, an effective combination of personnel, expertise, technology and tactics, drawing on precedents from Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and India, and that the resulting combined arms system transformed the conduct of warfare in South Asia. The book traces the development of the Mughal Empire chronologically, examines weapons and technology, tactics and operations, organization, recruitment and training, and logistics and non-combat operations, and concludes by assessing the overall achievements of the Mughal Empire, comparing it to its Western counterparts, and analyzing the reasons for its decline"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed May 11, 2016)
Subject Akbar, Emperor of Hindustan, 1542-1605 -- Military leadership.
Babur, Emperor of Hindustan, 1483-1530 -- Military leadership.
Artillery -- Mogul Empire -- History.
Military art and science -- India -- History -- 16th century.
Mogul Empire -- History, Military.
Genre/Form History.
Military history.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1138642584
131724530X (electronic bk)
9781317245308 (electronic bk)