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  • decline of the Mughal Empire

    Posted by Aarush on July 6, 2024 at 11:14 am

    What were the main causes of the decline of the Mughal Empire?

    Amrapali replied 6 days, 21 hours ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Amrapali

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    The decline of the Mughal Empire in India was a gradual process influenced by several factors:

    Economic decline:

    The Mughal economy experienced a slowdown due to factors like decreased agricultural productivity, trade imbalances, and debasement of the currency.

    This led to financial instability and made it difficult for the empire to sustain its large military and administrative apparatus.

    Weak and ineffective rulers:

    In the later years of the empire, the Mughal rulers became increasingly weak and ineffective, with some being more interested in personal pleasures than governance.

    This resulted in a lack of strong leadership and decision-making, which contributed to the empire’s decline.

    Political fragmentation and regional autonomy:

    The Mughal Empire had grown large and diverse, with various regional governors and nobles seeking greater autonomy.

    This led to political fragmentation, as these regional powers started to challenge the central Mughal authority.

    Rise of regional powers:

    As the Mughal Empire weakened, regional powers such as the Marathas, Sikhs, and Afghans began to gain strength and influence.

    These emerging powers gradually eroded the Mughal control over their territories.

    European interference and colonization:

    The arrival and expansion of European colonial powers, particularly the British East India Company, posed a significant challenge to the Mughal Empire.

    The Europeans gradually gained economic and political influence, eventually leading to the collapse of the Mughal rule and the establishment of British colonial rule in India.

    Peasant and tribal revolts:

    Discontent among the peasantry and tribal communities, often sparked by heavy taxation and oppressive policies, led to various revolts and uprisings against the Mughal authorities.

    These internal conflicts further weakened the Mughal Empire’s hold on its territories.

    The combination of these economic, political, social, and external factors ultimately contributed to the gradual decline and eventual collapse of the once-mighty Mughal Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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