This biography of Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor, was written by Mountstuart Elphinstone, one of the British pioneers of Indian historiography and first published in 1841. Many factual errors in the original text were corrected in this updated edition by Sri Ram Sharma published in 1929. Authorities loosely quoted by Elphinstone have, in most cases, been exactly cited, new authorities to support or contradict statements in the text have been noted, points have been further developed, and three additional chapters have been added covering Aurangzebs character, his relations with the Sikhs, his responsibility for the downfall of the Mughal Empire and Shivajis system of government and place in history. This work is of particular value to students, teachers and academics and would also appeal to the general reader. A full chronology increases the usefulness of this edition.
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Aurangzebs Early Career
The War of Succession
Aurangzeb and His Brothers
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Afghans Afzal Khan Agra Ahmadnagar Ajit Singh appointed army attack Aurangabad Aurangzeb Aurangzeb's reign Bakhsh battle Bengal Berar Bernier Bijapur Bikaner Brahman brother chief command Concan conquest court Dara Shikoh Dara's death Deccan defeated Delhi Dilir Khan district Durga elephant Elphinstone embassy emperor enemy English expedition father favour forts Ghats Golconda governor Gujarat Guru hill-fort Hindu History of India honour horse imperial Islam Jadu jagir Jai Singh Jaswant Singh Jinji jizya Jodhpur Jumla Kabul Kandahar Khafi Khan Khafi Khan Elliot king of Bijapur king of Golconda Mahomedan Malwa Mansabdars Marathas Mavlis ministers Mughal empire Multan Murad Muslim Mussalmans negotiations occasion officers orders person plundered Poona possession Prince Azam Prince Muazzam province Raigarh Raj Singh Raja Ram Rajputs religious revenue rulers Sambhaji Santaji Sarkar sent Shah Jahan Shahji Shaista Khan Shivaji Shuja siege Sikhs soon success Sulaiman Surat territory throne took troops Zulfikar