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Conclusion To Part Two

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Bayly and Wink forcefully argued that the great empires of the seventeenth century-the Osmanlis, the Safavids and the Mughal Empire (and perhaps one ought to add the Ya'arubi Imamate)-were in the eighteenth century replaced by a series of "successor states." There are serious problems with expanding the whole idea of the successor-state beyond Awadh and Bengal-practically the only two cases for which it seems really appropriate. For most of Kathiawar Peninsula or for Sonda and Savantvad the entire Mughal Empire was not much more than a fleeting episode; it seems faintly absurd to term Savantvad a Mughal "successor state" when the kingdom had been part of the Mughal Empire for a mere seven years! Two of these "successor states" and the most successful-Travancore and Mysore-had never been part of the Mughal Empire.

Keywords: Mughal Empire; Mysore; successor state; Travancore



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