The Mughal Empire and Historical Reputation: Crash Course World History #217

One of the most enduring monuments to Muslim history in the world, the Taj Mahal, was built during the rule of the Mughal Empire. Learn more about the Mongolian and Persian history of the Mughal Empire, including the historical relationship between Indian Hindus and Muslims before the 1757 arrival of the British East Indian Company, in a Crash Course World History video.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Encourage learners to research the Sikh presence in Indian history
  • Assign small groups to choose a leader mentioned in the video, such as Akbar or Aurangzeb, and design a poster that represents that leader's influence and philosophy
Classroom Considerations

  • Narration moves quickly, which will engage some learners but disorient others; consider pausing periodically to catch viewers up
  • Makes a dated reference to President Obama in a joke about ruling a declining empire
  • Comment section is open to the public
Pros

  • Provides thoughtful insight on the Mughal empire, particularly on Aurangzeb and his reputation as a poor leader
  • Addresses the role of the Mughals in modern Indian nationalism
Cons

  • None