Today in South Asian history: Nader Shah sacks Delhi (1739)

The good news is that I actually feel OK today for the first time since the flu hit last weekend. Since it’s my birthday on Sunday, I’m going to give myself a couple more days to recover and, barring any setbacks, we’ll be back to normal operations on Monday. Meanwhile, here’s today’s history post and… Continue reading Today in South Asian history: Nader Shah sacks Delhi (1739)

Today in South Asian history: the Battle of Karnal (1739)

Nader Shah played an important role in the demise of two of the three Islamic “Gunpowder Empires” of the early modern (16th-18th century) period. Obviously the Ottomans chugged along until World War I. But in addition to closing the book on the Safavids altogether, Nader Shah also hastened the downfall of India’s Mughal dynasty, and… Continue reading Today in South Asian history: the Battle of Karnal (1739)

Today in South Asian history: the First Battle of Panipat (1526)

As I think we’ve mentioned before, Panipat has seen three major battles since the 16th century. I don’t think I’m doing the other two battles a disservice if I say that this first one was the most significant of the three, because it established the Mughal Empire in northern India–where, with the exception of a brief… Continue reading Today in South Asian history: the First Battle of Panipat (1526)

Today in South Asian history: the Battle of Karnal (1739)

In addition to formally closing the book on the Safavids, one of the three Islamic “Gunpowder Empires” of the early modern (16th-18th century) period, Nader Shah also helped hasten the downfall of a second: India’s Mughal dynasty, and he did it in one dramatic and brutally violent invasion in the late 1730s. The Shiʿa Safavids… Continue reading Today in South Asian history: the Battle of Karnal (1739)

Today in South Asian history: the First Battle of Panipat (1526)

As I think we’ve mentioned before, Panipat has seen three major battles since the 16th century. I don’t think I’m doing the other two battles a disservice if I say that this first one was the most significant of the three, because it established the Mughal Empire in northern India, where, with the exception of a… Continue reading Today in South Asian history: the First Battle of Panipat (1526)

Today in South Asian history: Nader Shah sacks Delhi (1739)

The Mughal Empire was easily the richest of the three so-called “Gunpowder Empires”–the Ottomans and the Safavids were the other two–that dominated the Islamic world from the 15th century (for the Ottomans; 16th century for the other two) into the 18th century (and, at least in the Ottoman case, well beyond that). In the patterns… Continue reading Today in South Asian history: Nader Shah sacks Delhi (1739)