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History Book Discussion Series: Climate of Conquest: War, Environment, and Empire in Mughal North India by Dr. Pratyay Nath

October 7, 2020 @ 1:40 pm - 2:45 pm

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The Department of History, Ashoka University, is delighted to present the first book event this semester in the Ashoka History Book Discussion Series. This series is meant as a platform to showcase the latest research of the History Faculty and host intellectual conversations around their most recent books.

The event will focus on Pratyay Nath’s first book Climate of Conquest: War, Environment, and Empire in Mughal North India (Oxford University Press, 2019). He will be in conversation with Srinath Raghavan. The panel will be chaired by Upinder Singh.

Pratyay Nath is Assistant Professor of History, Ashoka University. He is a historian of the Mughal Empire, interested particularly in environment, warfare, and kingship. He writes in English and Bengali. His first book Climate of Conquest: War, Environment, and Empire in Mughal North India (Oxford University Press, 2019) offers a new interpretation of the Mughal Empire from the vantage point of war-making and environmental engagements. He is currently writing his second monograph titled War and the Region: Military Campaigns in the Making of the Mughal Empire. Nath is editing a journal special issue on ‘Environment and Empire in the Early Modern World’ forJESHO and a reader on war, society, and culture in South Asia for Orient Blackswan. He is co-editing three volumes: the first is on periodisation of history and the meanings of ‘early modernity’ for Cambridge University Press; the second (in Bengali) is on the evolution and politics of academic debates on South Asian history for Ananda Publishers; and the third on the history of the horse in South Asia for Routledge.

Srinath Raghavan is Professor of International Relations and History at Ashoka University. He previously taught at King’s College London and worked at Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. Raghavan is author of several books including War and Peace in Modern India: A Strategic History of the Nehru Years (2010); 1971: A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh (2013); India’s War: The Making of Modern South Asia, 1939-1945 (2016); and The Most Dangerous Place: A History of the United States in South Asia (2018). He was a co-author with Sunil Khilnani et al of NonAlignment 2.0: A Foreign Strategic Policy for India in the Twentieth Century (2013). He has edited Imperialism, Nationalism, Democracy: The Collected Essays of Sarvepalli Gopal (2013), and (with David Malone & C. Raja Mohan) The Oxford Handbook of Indian Foreign Policy (2015). Raghavan has served as a member of the National Security Advisory Board. He was the Chief Editor of the Kargil War History for the Ministry of Defence, Government of India.

Upinder Singh is Professor of History, Ashoka University. She is the author of Political Violence in Ancient India (2017), The Idea of Ancient India: Essays on Religion, Politics, and Archaeology (2016), A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India: From the Stone Age to the Twelfth Century (2008), The Discovery of Ancient India: Early Archaeologists and the Beginnings of Archaeology (2004) and Kings, Brāhmaṇas, and Temples in Orissa: An Epigraphic Study (AD 300–1147) (1994); Ancient Delhi (1999). She has edited Rethinking Early Medieval India (2011) and Delhi: Ancient History (2006). She has co-edited Buddhism in Asia: Revival and Reinvention (2016), Asian Encounters: Exploring Connected Histories (2014) and Ancient India: New Research (2009). Her current research interests include the history of emotions and Asian interactions in premodern times.



October 7, 2020
1:40 pm - 2:45 pm


Department of History