The Mughal Empire

Ref: C3677647

The course will begin by looking carefully at the way in which the Mughal Empire was restored under Humayun by the middle of the 1500s, and the policies he pursued in its restoration. We will then go on to look closely at the reign and achievements of Akbar, focusing on how Akbar was able to extend the empire in all directions across India, how he created a new ruling elite loyal to the throne, implemented a modernised administration and encouraged cultural developments as well as European trading contacts. We will then look at the Empire's later transformation under Jahangir and its peak in the middle of the 17th century under Shah Jahan, before finishing with a consideration of the contradictions and difficulties of the reign of Aurangzeb.

Course aim

This course will look at the circumstances of India as it saw the growth and extent of the Mughal Empire through the later 16th and 17th centuries, alongside the decline of other Indian realms and the emergence of new states.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Provide an outline of at least two ways in which Akbar extended the Mughal Empire
  • Outline some examples of Mughal culture in the later 16th century
  • Describe the key features of Mughal monumental architecture
  • Make some assessment of the contradictions of the reign of Aurangzeb

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • India: A History J Keay (Harper Press 2010) The Great Moghuls B. Gascoigne Robinson Press 1998

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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The Mughal Empire

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