A History of India under the Two First Sovereigns of the House of Taimur, Baber and Humayun: Volume 2

A History of India under the Two First Sovereigns of the House of Taimur, Baber and Humayun: Volume 2

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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 2 deals with the history of Humayun, beginning with his accession upon his father's death, his expulsion from India by rivals and his exile in Persia from 1543. He returned in 1555 to his court in Delhi, with Persian support which had a profound influence on the language, art and culture of India, and he subsequently extended his empire before dying after a fall in 1556.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139198246
  • 9781139198240

Table of contents

Book IV. From Humayun's Accession to his Expulsion from India: 1. Affairs of Humayan from his accession to his invasion of Malwa and Gujrat; 2. Affairs of Gujrat and Malwa; i. Early history of those kingdoms. Progress of Behader Shah; ii. Conquest of Malwa by Humayun; iii. Conquest of Gujrat by Humayun; iv. Loss of Gujrat and Malwa; 3. Affairs of Khorasan and Kandahar; 4. Affairs of Bengal; i. State of Bengal. History of Shir Khan; ii. Conquest and loss of Bengal by Humayun; 5. Humayun's expulsion from Hindustan; Book V. Humayun in Exile: 1. Humayun's residence in Sind; i. First residence in Sind; ii. Humayun in the deserts of Marwar and in Sind, a second time; iii. Humayun's route from Sind to Sistan; 2. Humayun in Persia; 3. Humayun in Afghanistan; i. Humayun's conquest of Kandahar and Kabul. Expedition to Badakhshan; ii. Capture and loss of Kabul by Kamran. His submission; iii. State of Kashmir. Expedition towards Balkh. Revolt and defeat of Kamran; iv. Subsequent history of Kamran. Determination of Humayun to recover India; Book VI. The Sur Dynasty in India: 1. Sultan Shir Shar Sur; 2. Sultan Islam (or Selim) Shah Sur; 3. Sultan Firuz Shah Sur; 4. Sultan Muhammed Shah Adel Sur; Book VII. Humayun's Reconquest of India; and Death; Supplementary remarks; Index.
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