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Mughal India

Splendours of the Peacock Throne

Valérie Berinstain


Packed with exquisite paintings and images of the palaces and landscapes of India, this concise volume provides a great introduction to the world of Mughal India


The Mughal empire dominated India for three centuries, rivalling the greatest rulers of Europe and the East in its power and splendour.

Under such enlightened patrons as Akbar the Great in the 16th century and Jahangir and Shah Jahan in the 17th century, this vast muslim empire produced paintings of technical excellence and architecture of exceptional quality, such as the Taj Mahal. However, in the 19th century, internal divisions, weak emperors and the expanding British presence led to its decline.

Using memoirs written by the rulers themselves, miniature paintings and architectural drawings, Mughal India reveals the achievements of this great empire.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 17.7 x 12.4 cm

Extent: 160 pp

Publication date: 14 April 1998

ISBN: 9780500300831

About the Author

Valérie Berinstain is a lecturer in the history and civilization of India at the Sorbonne and at the Institut national des languages et Civilisations orientates with a doctorate in Indian studies and a diploma from the Ecole du Louvre.

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