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South Asian states
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1. Introduction

1.1. Historical formations

Historiography on South Asia sees the great unified state encompassing the entire subcontinent as the political ideal, but this seldom reflected historical realities. The Maurya (c. 320-73 bce) and Gupta Empires (c. 320-500), the Mughal Empire (1525-1858), and British Raj (1858-1947) are the exceptions proving the rule – though even these never achieved consistent control across the board (se…

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Mann, Michael, “South Asian states”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 28 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028512>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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