A History of India under the Two First Sovereigns of the House of Taimur, Baber and Humayun: Volume 1
This two-volume work by the Scots orientalist and historian William Erskine (1773-1852) was published posthumously by his son in 1854. It describes the history of India under the Mughal rulers Babur and his son Humayun, descendants of Taimur (Tamburlane), and is acknowledged as one of the earliest western scholarly accounts of Mughal rulers in India. Erskine had also translated the Memoirs of Emperor Babar (1826) and completed John Malcolm's biography of Lord Clive (1836). Volume 1 begins with preliminary remarks on Indian history, and a general account of the three great divisions of the Tartar tribes. The history of Babar (Babur) begins with his accession to his ancestral possessions in Central Asia in 1495, aged twelve, describes the rivalry and warfare which ended with him being expelled from his homeland, and ends with his death in 1531 as imperial ruler of Afghanistan and of most of Northern India.
- Electronic book text
- 05 May 2013
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Notice; Author's preface; Preliminary remarks; Introduction: 1. General account of the Tartar tribes; 2. Chengiz Khan; 3. Chaghatai Khan; 4. New Turki Dynasty under Mir Taimur; History of Baber: Book I. From Baber's Accession to his First Expulsion from Mawerannaher: 1. Conquest and loss of Samarkand. Loss and recovery of Andejan; 2. Sheibani Khan. Conquest and loss of Samarkand; 3. Sheibani's conquest of Taskhend and Ferghana. Expulsion of Baber; Book II. Baber's Transactions in Kabul and Mawerannaher: 1. Conquest of Kabul; 2. Journey to and from Khorasan. Khan Mirza's rebellion; 3. Conquest and loss of Kandahar. Rebellion of the Moghuls; 4. Shah Ismael and Sheibani. Baber in Mawerannaher; 5. Arghuns in Kandahar; 6. Arghun conquest of Sind and Multan; i. Conquest of Sind; ii. Conquest of Lower Sind and Multan; Book III. Baber in India: 1. Invasions of India. Battle of Panipat. Subversion of the Lodi dynasty; 2. War of Rana Sanga, and Chanderi; 3. Baber's campaigns on the Ganges; 4. Baber's illness, death, and character; Appendix; Index.