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Introduction: South Asia, South East Asia and China. 18th-century contexts
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This essay will give a brief contextual introduction with respect to India (South Asia), some of the main regions within Southeast Asia, and also China.[1]

India

The 18th century for India was a time of political decline and decentralisation, and so ‘a period of far-reaching changes’ across many aspects of social, economic and cultural life.[2] At the beginning of the century, the power of the Mughal Empire was at its zenith, though it was about to fragment and decline. Reappraisal of the turbulent first half of this cent…

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Pratt, Douglas, “Introduction: South Asia, South East Asia and China. 18th-century contexts”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2451-9537_cmrii_COM_31395>



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