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

The story of the late middle/early modern Islamic world is dominated by the three so-called "Gunpowder Empires"--the Ottomans with their vast empire circling the Mediterranean; the Safavids in Iran and, at various times, parts of the Caucasus and Central Asia; and the Mughals in South Asia. They're called "gunpowder empires" because two former University of … Continue reading Today in South Asian history: Nader Shah sacks Delhi (1739)

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

Nader Shah (d. 1747) is often considered the last of the great (in the sense of "impressive," not "good") Central Asian conquerors, after Genghis Khan and Timur (Tamerlane), and (depending on who's making the list) assorted other figures like the first Mughal Emperor Babur. He also the man who kept Iran more or less intact … Continue reading Today in South Asian history: the Battle of Karnal (1739)